Monday, January 7, 2013

Photos & Keeping Up with Us

If you don't follow us on Facebook (which really you should :) I recently realized you're missing out on news of our latest hatches, meeting our incoming flock members, and updates. 

Well, that's just not fair, is it?  One of my goals for the New Year is to be more diligent in updating the blog as much as Facebook so everyone enjoys all of The Egg Basket's happenings and cuddly new hatches.  I don't want to show favortism to the Facebook folks, right?

We're hatching and raising chicks like mad folks around here ramping up for Spring chick orders and all of those exciting Spring Poultry Shows!  The kids and I are beating the winter blues with adorable fluff balls and sweet chirpings!

We've had a Silkie Invasion here at The Egg Basket!  If you follow us on Facebook, :) you already know I'm a sucker for a silkie but if you don't, I'm a SUCKER for a Silkie!  I'm completely in love with this breed!  Great look, personality, temperment and prolific layers in our experience, gotta love this bird! 

We've picked up several new roosters, hens, and pullets in different silkie varieties.  (Remember, varieties are the different color variations in a breed.)
Meet Jackie!  Jackie is a 6 month old Splash Silkie pullet.  She's just as sweet as can be and enjoys cuddling!  We saw Jackie with her detailed splash markings and had to have her to pair up with Jordan, our Splash Silkie cockerel.  They are already doing their thing and even with the cold, dark days, Jackie's chirping happily and starting to lay beautifully for us while Jordan stands guard protectively at the doorway to their run. 
Welcome to one of my Christmas presents, thanks to a sweet and amazing husband!  He purchased me an amazing Show Quality Porcelain Silkie quad to add to our Silkie brood here.  Flossie, Edith, and Sebastian are about 18 months old and have been together for over a year now.  Their bond is unmistakeable.  They are all in molt currently so you'll have to excuse the hens' bad crest day!  Stevie, is a 1 year old hen who's being adding in with this porcelain trio to make it a quad.  Stevie just placed Best in Breed in last month's Poultry Show!  I'm so excited for this gift!  Flossie & Edith are laying beautifully from the first day in our home, it's interesting to watch them brood each other's eggs!
As you can see from Flossie's photobomb here, she does NOT want me disturbing either of their eggs!
We've also added to our Black Silkie pen with a great looking black rooster, Blake and a stunning little pullet named Black Beauty.  Miranda is happy as are the other black pullets now under Blake's watchful eye.  As far as silkies go, I've never had one as wonderfully protective and careful as Blake is.  Blake's tight wings, perfect toe spacing, green sheen in his black feathers, and heavily-feathered feet make him a real gem.   Black Beauty still has some growing to do at only 6 months old but already has an adorable crest and a nice black sheen. Black Beauty has adjusted well and taken to Ninja and Miranda right away.  The ladies spend much time preening each other and Blake and staying in a close knit group even when free ranging. 

As I  mentioned, we're hatching babies galore, most of which have been silkies.  Our silkie lines have grown and we've included some of the best lines in the country to add to our Spring laying pullets.  Here are just a few of the new darlings.

Outside of our silkies, our other breeds are growing and working hard as well!

We're hatching Bantam Salmon Faverolle chicks as well and I'm absolutely thrilled with the results.  They're such a great breed for flocks with children and such a gorgeous ornamental chicken!  The feathered feet on our five toed beauties are developing so nicely!  We can't wait to offer these sweethearts to our readers come Spring!

Chance & Briana are working together now on some Bantam Polish and Chance added a White Crested Blue Polish Rooster named Flash and our girls surprised us all at how easy they welcomed him.  Flash is a year old and our young pullets seem happy to have a man in their flock.  Eleanor, our 7 1/2 month old pullet has been especially happy, snuggling up as close as she can in their coop at night with Flash.
Of course, we still have our Golden Lakenvelders, Bantam La Fleche, Silver Ameraucanas, and other Silkie varieties we're tending to and preparing to meet your Spring Chick and Fertilized egg needs.  I hope you've enjoyed meeting some of our newest additions and getting caught up on the happenings here at The Egg Basket.  In keeping with my New Year's resolution to update our blog readers more, I look forward to chatting with you very soon on more updates!  Check back with us soon!

Love & Blessings,


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