How was the coop tour? Did you get your name in the drawing for free eggs?

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Thank you all for attending the 5th Annual Austin Funky Chicken Coop Tour! We had about 1,000 attendees and it was a huge success!

In the upper right corner of this blog, under the page Austin Funky Chicken Coop Tour, you will see some new pages we prepared for the tour. We will continue to add to this throughout the week with pictures and videos.

If you haven’t done so already, either follow this blog, “like” us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter to get your name into the drawing for a dozen duck eggs. Continue reading How was the coop tour? Did you get your name in the drawing for free eggs?

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Blue Genes

Blue Copper Marans rooster with splash and blue hens
Blue Copper Marans rooster with splash and blue hens

One of the long-term goals here at BuzzQuack is to get a breeding program in place. Right now, we are experimenting with Swedish Flower Hens and Australian Spotted ducks.

We will likely abandon the Swedish Flower Hen project because keeping a rooster in the city is too difficult. But, we have high hopes for the Australian Spotted duck project. We’ll talk more about Aussies at a later date. Today, we want to talk about breeding for the color blue, which is one of three Aussie colors. Continue reading Blue Genes

Incubating Duck Eggs

Duck eggs in LG Still Air Incubator
Duck Eggs in Incubator

Well, a couple of days ago, we discovered duck eggs under the kayak in the backyard. What a fun find! I suspect the oldest ones were only 4 or 5 days old, so they should be just fine. Yesterday, I warmed up the incubator to 101 degrees (ideally I would have warmed to 101.5, but my hygrometer only shows whole numbers) with 60 percent humidity. This should be the perfect start for duck eggs. Continue reading Incubating Duck Eggs

The Easter Bunny’s Got Nothin’ on my Ducks!

We here at BuzzQuack were delighted to discover out why our ducks suddenly stopped laying shortly after they started again for the season.

Secret stash of duck eggs!

The autumn temperatures became mild, and the ducks were happily laying, and then after a week or so, they stopped. It was frustrating. I had searched the yard for secret nests, but I found none.  Until yesterday afternoon. Finally, I tipped over the kayak and nearly fell over when I found NINE duck eggs. Continue reading The Easter Bunny’s Got Nothin’ on my Ducks!