When we first moved to our little farm we decided to take it slow and start out with poultry. Hon ordered the poultry he thought we should start with. Then I made the mistake of going to a flea market. Next thing I knew I was the proud owner of a couple of brown paper sandwich bags. One had ducklings in it, the other had turkey poults. That's where the addiction began. We now raise Dominiques and Black Javas, along with a few other breeds of chickens. There is even a pair of American Buff Geese named Moe & Alice. They give us eggs, they make us smile, and they are the eyes and ears of the farm.
American Buff Geese
Moe & Alice are a pair of American Buff geese that came to us in April 2009. They are a pair of real characters, always together, always keeping an eye on things around here. We are hopeful now that Alice is older she will buckle down and hatch out some goslings this year. The first year laying sometimes a goose doesn't really do a good job at hatching out her eggs. She had plenty of opportunity to do it last year, too, but chose to lay her eggs and then take off to the pond with Moe. This year I have made her another enticing nesting spot. Cross your fingers she takes the hint!
Dominique and Java Heritage Chickens
We enjoy raising heritage breeds of chickens here at The Silver Maple Farm. The two breeds we are focusing on at this time are Dominiques and Javas. We have two Dominique roosters and three hens at the moment and are looking forward to the chicks they product this year. We also have a young pair of Javas and are anxiously awaiting for them to grow old enough to breed. Both of these breeds are older North American breeds that have stood the test of time. I have shown many of our chickens at the Ross County Fair over the past four years and have done quite well. Because of that, I have set my sights a bit higher and am hoping to show them at the Ohio National Poultry Show in November.