Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Pullets, Cockerels, babies and more!

Interested? 
I have some older ladies and gentlemen ready for new homes, along with porcelain babies! 
Check out our available page!










Thursday, October 3, 2019

A Time to Reflect and Give Back.

 Welcome to Green Grables!

Well autumn is upon us, and maybe, just maybe, the weather will dip below the 90s next week! It's been a hot month here! Looking at my growouts, I'm very happy with what I will be starting with next year.

d'Uccles
My goal with these sweeties was simple - breed a better frizzle! Most d'Uccle frizzles have serious faults when you compare them with the d'Uccle Standard of Perfection. Long necks, wattles, scarce beards, shallow chests, long legs, narrow heads, incorrect combs, lack of slate color in the undercoat... you name it, they had it! Plus there are genes that modify the frizzle gene (those curly feathers), and result in more of a muppet look instead of the tight curl that I want. I've worked hard hatching this year, and at the end, after maybe 100 or more chicks, I have two girls that I am super satisfied with. Yep. Two. I also have several other girls in the maybe pile. How can I possibly be happy with only two that fit what I was looking for exactly? Well, look at that list of faults - the fact that I have two girls with tight frizzles, slate in the undercoats, nice beards, wide chests and heads, decent color, nice stature, bullnecks, and more is a miracle, really! My "maybe" girls are all missing one thing - one is gorgeous in all respects, but has no slate in the undercoat. She will definitely stay, because color is the LAST thing on my "fix it" list. And a couple of others are too young to judge. One doesn't have a tight curl to  her frizzle, but her personality is OUTSTANDING. She may or may not make it to breeder status, but she will be my pet forever either way. In fact, her name is Pet! Two others seem to have necks that are just a tad too long, and frizzle that is just a bit loose. But we will see as they grow out. All in all, I'm pretty darn thrilled


 Also, I have ended up with five little white d'Uccles. Not quite sure what I'm going to do with them yet. My oldest one has sprouted two feathers that have a bit of orange on them. I'm thinking this is a recessive white gene, so as time goes by, I may make some mille fleur/white splits to widen the gene pool and play around with them a bit. My last hatch finally gave me a rooster (I think). They are cute, endearing little creatures!

 And of course, the boys. I have several boys growing up right now, the clowns of the d'Uccle world. I've kept three mille fleur frizzle boys, one golden neck frizzle boy, two smooth mille fleur boys, and two smooth golden neck boys. All have strengths and weaknesses, so time will tell whether or not they will be used.
And in October, I will be attending the Ohio national. I'm bringing two of my lavender bantam Ameraucana cockerels. Not to win, but for two other reasons. One, at that show there will be a decision made as to whether self blue (lavender) will become an accepted standard color for large fowl Ameraucana. There is a whole long process to that, but the end point comes in November. They have asked that anyone with bantams in that color comes as a show of support, and to show how widespread the color is becoming in the Ameraucana world. Secondly, I do not need three roosters of that color. Cabbage Jack is the best, so he's staying. I will really really miss Fred and George, but after the show, they are going to a new home where they have ladies waiting for them! They will be absolutely thrilled, I'm sure! BUT, the REAL reason I decided to go to the Ohio national is to get some really gorgeous mille fleur d'Uccles from the Vaughn family. They have worked hard over the years and really have some spectacular birds. They line breed, which produces very consistent birds, and they are consistently gorgeous. After years of hard work, their line really shows beautiful patterning - something my frizzles lack. So I'm hoping that their line will not only add to the physical aspects of my birds' conformation, but will also enable me to produce frizzles with proper patterning. It will take a few generations, but that's what I'm hoping for in the end. So I will be returning from the Ohio national with four roosters and four hens from the Vaughns!

Bantam Lavender Ameraucana


 These little darlings are growing so fast! Two have started laying little blue eggs, and the whole group is so interactive. I've NEVER had a group of chickens who wanted to be with humans so very very much!

Cabbage Jack loves his girls, chuckling to them constantly and making nests fro them every day. He and his gals will be moving to bigger digs soon!


 Every time I open the cage, the whole crew attempts to jump into my lap. They love snuggles, chatting, and just being around people!


Jack is really maturing nicely. I have seven eggs in the incubator to check his fertility. I have two other roosters, but they will be going to a new home in November - so I just need to make sure that Jack is doing his job before I let them go.


 I have five girls - Bunnybee, Patches, Lavender, Lemons, and McDade. Lemons is a bit shy, but the others are constantly looking for laptime. Bunnybee is my special favorite. She always looks surprised, and pushes  her way onto my lap at all times. Her beard is always messy - she really dives into that fermented food! Can't wait to see what these beauties produce in the spring!



Silkies and Showgirls


Ah yes, my Seussian characters! I still do not know what Thestral is, other than a stripper (a naked neck silkie without a bowtie - a grouping of feathers on the neck above the crop). But Thestral is a sweetheart and a half! This baby will stay whether it's a girl or a boy. Penny, my dark partridge showgirl baby, is a lapgirl. And hopefully a girl! Crystal and Chewbawka, my white showgirls, are busy raising d'Uccle babies right now, and harassing poor Truffula, my buff partridge showgirl. My white silkie roo looks over the older girls, while Thestral watches over Penny and my two white frizzle girls, a white frizzle silkie and a white sizzle. Everyone is at least half recessive white, so babies in the spring will be pure white or a fun mix of partridges or blacks. 



As for regular farm fun, the last of the broodies are enjoying their d'Uccle babies. I've had a few go broody, but most have visited the broody "spa" until their hormones have cooled off.

 Polly loves her frizzle porcelain!
 Lenore and her smooth mille fleur
 Ping and her frizzle mille fleur
Ping is an interesting case. Most moms quit fluffing out and doing broody clucks by the time the chicks are 3 weeks or so. But not Ping! She still feeds her over two month old baby, and tucks it in the nest box with her at night. She clucks around, puffing up at other hens, and seems to live for nothing else but her special baby! And it is a special baby - I've been blessed with healthy chicks this year, and this is the only one that I've hatched with a defect. It has a crooked beak! Not a scissorbeak, just the whole beak curves over to one side. That hatch had some issues with humidity, which can cause all kinds of hatching problems. Incubation in an incubator is never as good as under a hen, but it can get hard to let a hen sit on eggs when they are in a big group - everyone wants to lay their egg in that nest, so eggs get crushed and dirty if the hen just stays in the main coop.

Oh and my d'Uccles are producing again, so eggs are available! They are $70 for a dozen plus extras, free shipping. Email me at mimosagrace@gmail.com to get eggs! All profits from eggs until December will go towards a program with Compassion International to provide chickens for needy families, who can then eat the eggs, sell the eggs, produce more chickens, and eat the meat. I love the idea of providing chickens for others with my chickens!

I hope you all are having a wonderful fall!
Sincerely,
Heidi

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Goodbye summer!

Welcome back to Green Grables! Summer is winding down, fall is winding up! And hurricane season has begun!

News on the farm.... well, as some of you know, we lost one of our all time favorite girls, Jones, to what was most likely a raccoon this week. We will miss our sweet girl so much. Jones was a wonderful mother, an awesome chicken, and a very comforting lap snuggler. Best girl ever.

As I sit here this evening, Hurricane Dorian is crashing up the coast, three hours away. Thankfully we are just getting some wind and a little rain, nothing like the coast! We (by which I mean my dear husband) did take down some trees that were rotting at the bottom - and were aimed directly at the barn in preparation for the storm. Thanks honey!



Tip of the week:
LOVE this silly thing. I saw it somewhere and of course decided that I NEEDED it - in both large fowl and bantam size! It's a chicken bag! You zip your chicken in, and you can easily carry it with you (to a place to treat it - you really should not take your chicken to the store). I don't use it to carry chickens, but it is the perfect restraint, complete with straps and leg holes! Not, our gorgeous EE girl, unwillingly participated in a photo shoot as I checked out her recently healed foot (it looks like bumblefoot in the photo, but it's a scrape that is finally almost healed up). Not, by the way, got her name because she was always escaping the brooder. But she always knew how to get back. And as "all who wander are not lost," and she was "Not," well the name stuck!
And if you want a nifty bag, here's their website:


Not, the unhappy photo participant 
Not, the now REALLY unhappy photo participant

What's available? We have some great birds available this week! Two lovely five month old large fowl EE pullets, three gorgeous 9/10 week old mille fleur d'Uccle pullets (FRIZZLES and a SMOOTH), several handsome little cockerels, a very limited number of young 6-8 week old pullets, and several straight run chicks, including (drum roll.....) a FRIZZLE PORCELAIN CHICK!

Interested? Check out our website for details!

Have a great week!
(no hatching eggs available at the moment - the girls are all molting or broody!)

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

End of the summer!


Why get a Belgian d'Uccle?
These tiny birds from the Uccle region of Belgium come chock full of personality. Gorgeous feathering, darling foot feathers, and a puffy beard and muffs complete the look of this amazing chicken. If you are looking for a chicken with a huge personality who loves to visit and chat, look no further! Or are you in the market for a 4H-er? D'Uccles make a wonderful starter chicken for showing! Hearty and healthy, these chicken stars love to show off and hang out with humans. 

d'Uccle END OF SUMMER SALE
Mille fleur, golden neck, and one porcelain 

Smooth d'Uccle pullets (MF and GN)
$25 each, or 2 for $40*
***SALE $20 each or two for $30***
Frizzle d'Uccle pullets (MF and GN)
$35 each or 2 for $60*
***SALE $30 each or two for $50***
d'Uccle Cockerels (MF and GN)
$15 each or $5 with purchase of pullets
STRAIGHT RUN CHICKS (MF, GN, one PORCELAIN)
Both unvaccinated and Marek's vaccinated straight run chicks available! AND FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR, I WILL BE LETTING SOME FRIZZLES GO IN THE STRAIGHT RUN GROUPS!
$15 each, 2 for $40
SALE: SMOOTH CHICKS $8 each or two for $12
: FRIZZLE CHICKS $12 each or two for $20
:ONE PORCELAIN CHICK $12

Sexed pullets/cockerels are 5-9 weeks old. 
Straight run babies are 1-4 weeks old.
Hatching eggs also available (details on webpage).














Wednesday, August 14, 2019

More frizzles!

Beginning to pick out my breeders, slowly but surely! I have several more frizzle pullets available from our North Raleigh farm (local pickup only)! Two from the older pen (May hatches) and 2-3 in the younger pen (June hatches). Plus one smooth girl in the younger pen! Details on our website: http://www.greengrables.com/p/new.html





Thursday, August 8, 2019

Here. We. Go. The first frizzle pullet!

All of our birds are raised on fermented food, fresh veggies, supervised free range, and dry food with probiotics, kelp, vitamins, and diatomaceous earth.

Hatching Eggs Available
I'm taking a hatching break, so we have hatching eggs available. Mille fleur and golden neck, with a good chance of frizzle and a tiny chance of white. $70/dozen with free shipping. Or $50 with local pickup.

***REMEMBER... I give price breaks if you buy more than one bird!!! $5 off per bird when you buy more than one***
Although I am NPIP certified, I prefer local pickup - I do not like to put birds through the USPS.
  • HERE. WE. GO. The first FRIZZLE mille fleur pullet!!! She has a beard that's a bit too dark. Such a lovely girl, and a sweetheart too. Hatched in early June. Marek's vaccinated. She'd make a great duo with the smooth pullet! $35 (or $30 with purchase of more than one bird)

  • Mille fleur d'Uccle pullet $25 ($20 with purchase of more than one bird) She's a gorgeous girl I was keeping for myself, but her beard is coming in too dark. She has gorgeous markings and lovely eyes. Hatched in mid June.

  • Porcelain d'Uccle pullet (unsure of her hatch date, probably about 3 months old, bought for breeding but she doesn't have the qualities I'm looking for) $30 ($25 with purchase of another bird)


  • Porcelain cockerel free with the pullet, $15 alone, presently lives with the porcelain pullet. He has some pin feather patches on his shoulders (something that can occur with porcelain roosters). Very sweet guy. Bought with pullet for breeding, but doesn't have what I'm looking for.


Bantam barred rock pullet, hatched 6/3 $25 or $20 with purchase of another bird. This girl is super sweet, and loves to come visit in my lap. She is best buddies with the gold laced cochin.



Bantam gold laced cochin pullet, hatched 6/3 $25 ($20 with purchase of another bird). This girl is the cutest ever, and best friends with the barred rock bantam. She is a sweetheart, and loves lap time!



Straight run smooth d'Uccle chicks, mille fleur and golden neck $10 each or two for $15, hatched 7/20 and 7/23. These are gorgeous babies, hand-fed each day for extra friendliness!


Straight run mille fleur and golden neck d'Uccles

And here are some of the d'Uccle adults (not available for purchase - just here so you can see what they look like when they grow up!)