Saturday the boys and I went to a swap meet down in Overbrook Kansas. We bought a Broken Black Mini Rex Jr buck, Jacob bought a pair of White Face Black Spanish Bantams (NPIP) and Michael bought 2 Buff Orpington chicks. The swap meet was very nice, 20 to 40 vendors. There was all types of birds from finches to turkeys and many vendors had rabbits.
Saturday I filled the incubator up with our Barn Yard mix chickens eggs. Our Barn Yard mix consists of Welsummer, Black Australorp, Cuckoo Maran and Easter Egger Ameraucana hens and a Welsummer rooster.
Micheal, Charlie and I left early, I wanted to get around 8:00 am. My main goal was to get some chickens for Jacob so he could show them for Poultry in 4-H. I bought only one chicken a Blue Ameraucana Easter Egger, but we did buy some rabbits. The boys did sign up for rabbit project in 4-H and with the fair 2 months away I thought we had better get some bunnies, plus I have wanted some rabbits for meat. We bought 2 Jr New Zealand (buck and doe), standard Jr Castor Rex doe. Charlie let me know he wanted a bunny and pick an Jr broken blue Mini Rex doe, and Michael picked a Jr black mini Rex doe.
Well, we now had 5 rabbits, no cages, feeders, feed or water bowls. I called a buddy of mine to see if I could pick up some cages he had laying around, while at his place we picked up to more New Zealand Jr does. We came home with a total of 7 rabbits.
May 2nd Michael and I went on a road trip to pick up some Turkey eggs to hatch. We got started around 6:00 am driving down highway 59 to Altamont in southern Kansas. In Ottawa we missed our turn in and ended up on highway 35, we did not realize it until about 20 miles down the road. To get back on track we had a very nice cross country trek and were back on 59 in Garnett. We received 24 Heritage turkey hatching eggs (8 Blue Slates, 8 Narragansett and 8 Royal Palms).
A week after the eggs were in the incubator we added 5 barnyard mix Welsummers eggs. I also had 12 Black copper Marans, 12 Blue Laced Red Wyandotte and 16 Double-Laced Barnevelder in our 2nd incubator and over at Scott’s house, I had 18 Lavender/Split Ameraucana eggs in his incubator. That adds up to 87 eggs. Our hatch rate was great for some breeds and terrible for others. We ended up with 4 of the Welsummers, 0 Turkeys, 5 Black copper Marans (3 lived), 1 Blue Laced Red Wyandotte (0 lived) and 8 Double-Laced Barnevelder (7 lived) and 14 Lavender/Split Ameraucana.
1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar (Homemade Brown Sugar Recipes)
1/2 cup sugar
1-1/2 cups water
1 cup corn syrup light or dark
1 teaspoon maple flavoring
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a saucepan, combine the sugars, water and corn syrup; bring to a boil over medium heat. Broil for 7 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in maple flavoring and vanilla. Cool for 15 minutes. Yield 24 ounces.
We have been going though a lot of syrup so I have altered this recipe. Below is the recipe for 128 ounces (1 Gallon)
1. Ameraucana – Blue Wheaten
2. Ameraucana – Blue/Black/Splash – Complete
3. Ameraucana – Lavender – Complete
5. Barnevelder – Complete
8. Lakenvelder – Gold – Complete
9. Marans – Black Copper – Complete
10. Marans – Wheaton
11. Orpington – Blue/Black/Splash – Complete
12. Silver Spangled Appenzeller Spitzhaubens
13. Sussex – Coronation
14. Sussex – Light – Complete
16. Wyandotte – Blue Laced Red
17. Wyandotte – Silver Laced – Complete
1. Bourbon Red
2. Narragansett – Complete
3. Royal Palm
4. Slate – Blue