Category Archives: Critters

Our animals we have here on the property

Switching to sexlink chickens

Last fall we had something kill all of our silver laced Wyandotte chickens when they were locked outside over night.   After some thought I’ve decided to switch to sexlinks.  Each spring I will alternate buying a few of either red or black.  This will make it easy to identify which hens are two years old and need butchered. My second year buying reds will give me black sexlinks,that are a year old and reds that are approaching 2 years and ready for making chicken stock.

Our local farm supply store didn’t have any sexlinks the week we were ready for chicks so we ended up mail ordering them.  Some guy wasn’t paying attention during the ordering process and ordered straight run instead of pullets.   So while these cockerels in the picture with Sid are white they are indeed red sexlinks.  The cockerels will all be butchered in a few weeks

I’ve had the reds in years past and really like their temperament and brown eggs.   Two years ago I decided to try something new and went with the Wyandotte.  I liked them and thought they were a beautiful bird but feel egg production was better with the sexlinks.

The disadvantage to the sexlinks is that they don’t breed back true.  The only way to keep sexlinks around for me will be to buy some each year.  This is why we decided  to butcher cockerels instead of keeping them to propagate the flock. 

  
 

Raccoons at the chicken house

i came out to look in the garden to see if rabbits were getting past the electric fence that just went in.  As I came out the door I saw the eyes of 4 raccoons down at the chicken house in the beam of my flash light.  There was an adult and 3 young ones.  I was able to walk to about 15 feet from them before they began to scatter.   This little guy bumped into the bucket while trying to escape and fell into it when trying to jump over the obstacle.

They were eating some corn that got spilled on the ground (you can see it in the picture) and not eating any of our animals.  After showing the girls this young of the year raccoon I trumped over the bucket and sent it on its way.  

So long as they’re not breaking into the coop and killing our critters they’ll not be shot but may be trapped this fall.