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PPBA Show 2013!!!

Posted by Catherine, Thode Family Farm on February 5, 2013 at 2:40 AM

Well, we've been home a little over a week from having a great time at the Pacific Poultry Breeders show in Stockton, California. It was wonderful to see so many friends that we rarely get a chance to see. This year, the PPBA show was host to the ABA National meet so there were over 3800 birds exhibited! Good friends, good food and lots of poultry. As an added plus, Bubba our 6 1/2 year old Narragansett tom won Champion Turkey and our youngest son's young Bronze tom won Reserve Champion Turkey and Best Turkey exhibited by a Junior!

Time flies!

Posted by thodefamilyfarm on March 1, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Wow, haven't updated much on the website for quite awhile! Well, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Valentine's Day and here we are in March! We actually took a vacation towards the end of July last summer and since then we've been dealing with some family health issues and life in general and if you can believe this...the chickens had to take a back seat for awhile! In January we attended the Pacific Poultry Breeders Assn. show in Stockton where it was good to see friends and admire the many beautiful birds exhibited. Our youngest son David won Champion Turkey with his Standard Bronze hen. Poor Bubba, our Narragansett tom had his beak put a bit out of joint by not placing 1st but seemed to regain his composure upon placing as Reserve Champion turkey. But I have to say, one of the most exciting things that happened at the show was I finally was able to procure a lovely Black Copper Marans hen for my studly but ever-so-lonely BCM rooster! Both are feather legged and I'm hoping they make beautiful music together (and chicks of course!) After having the incubators off for the longest stretch in years, we finally fired up my trusty Brinsea Octagon 40 with a small trial batch of eggs. Sunday morning we had Buff Orpingtons, Black d'Anvers, Silver Spangled Hamburgs, and a few white Silkies hatching. Nice to have some little peepers around once again!

A mother's love...

Posted by thodefamilyfarm on August 15, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Since I'm still confined to quarters I've got a bit more time on my hands this last week (unfortunately not much energy to do anything with it!). Last night my husband came in from outside and grabbed the camera. Here is what he captured:


Our lovely Arcellia, the Brazilian Aseel, covering up her 3 little KoShamo chicks for the night!!!

Every year Arcellia goes broody but alas, she is without a male so there are no chicks for her. We have tried to dissuade her broody attempts in the past but there is no thwarting this determined mother! Last year Arcellia hatched a small clutch of Cuckoo Marans so this year my son decided to trust her with five Ko Shamo eggs. Arcellia hatched out 3 and has been a model mother ever since. However, a couple of weeks ago we noticed LOUD cheeping at night from her pen and investigated the problem. Arcellia thought it was high time for the peeps to graduate up to the perch at night. Not such a bad idea except that the perch is about 3 feet off the floor and the chicks are all of about 7-8 inches tall! The first several nights Arcellia couldn’t convince any of her chicks to join her they just sat on the floor and peeped frantically until she came back down to join them. After about a week the little cockerel figured out he could jump up on the stump and make it up to join Mom. Now the girls have figured it out as well and Arcellia is the picture of contentment.

It's been a busy summer...

Posted by thodefamilyfarm on August 11, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Haven't posted much in recent months but thought I'd blow our horn a little bit about the Sonoma County Fair last weekend.  This was the first time Chuck and I exhibited in Open at this fair (it's a bit much with the kids exhibiting in the Junior show the days immediately preceding).  But on we went and had quite a decent showing:  Reserve Bantam, Best Feather Legged and Best of Breed with our Cutie-Pie black Silkie pullet, Best AOCCL (all other combs clean legged) with our Buff Laced Frizzled Polish cock, Best of Breed with our Blue Cochin bantam cock, and Best English and Best of Breed with our up-and-coming studly LF Buff Orpington.  A good time was had by all except my physician who thinks I should now be confined to quarters (resting!) for awhile due to Bronchitis or pneumonia or both :/


Sebastopol Goslings!!!

Posted by thodefamilyfarm on May 1, 2010 at 4:57 PM

On Thursday, April 29th we awoke to find 2 goslings hatched under Zachary's new Sebastopol goose!  Later that day a third gosling emerged.  We think this female is a first time mom and was only sitting on 6 eggs. She is still sitting but it's been over 24 hours since the last gosling hatched so we're thinking maybe there will only be these three little ones.  The father is so sweet, taking the little ones over to the food and water and helps keep them warm.  The photo is of the father with 2 day old goslings.

Happy Easter!

Posted by thodefamilyfarm on April 4, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Have a Wonderful Easter!

Spring has really sprung!

Posted by thodefamilyfarm on March 24, 2010 at 2:11 AM

Yipee! The Turkeys are finally laying!  With the long, wet winter behind us we collected our first turkey eggs over the weekend!!!  Chuck's been busy building some really nice laying boxes for the turkey if we can just convince the girls to use them instead of laying their eggs in the mud.  Over the weekend Zachary's new Sebastopol goose laid her first egg since taking up residence here and laid a second egg today :-)  We've been working for some time redoing the Sumatra pen after we lost two adult Blue Sumatras last November to weasels.  With the newly fortified pen done this weekend Zachary was able to move his Black Sumatra cock in with 3 beautiful pullets.  We had our first Silkie of the season hatch on March 18th along with 8 Black d'Anvers, one Ko-Shamo, 2 golden Sebrights and a couple of Silver Spangled Hamburgs.  I don't even want to confess to how many more eggs are due to hatch next week...Oh, my!

Beautiful weekend!

Posted by thodefamilyfarm on March 15, 2010 at 2:46 PM

Can it be that spring is finally here? What a beautiful weekend...just great to be outdoors in the sunshine and see life bursting forth in sprouts and blooms.  Of course, it doesn't take long of being outdoors to see the many things that need doing around here after a long, wet winter!  We spent much of the weekend cleaning pens, setting up breeding pens, dusting, worming, clipping toenails and de-spurring a few of the boys.  Zachary was finally able to procure a lovely female Sebastopol goose for his LONELY gander.  He is one happy camper now (both gander and Zachary!)  We also acquired a handsome Narragansett tom named Bubba who was getting a bit too aggressive for the family that raised him.  We set him up in a pen with a lady Narragansett and it seems Bubba has a new lease on life!  Ah, spring....romance is in the air!

1st Hatch of 2010!

Posted by thodefamilyfarm on February 25, 2010 at 8:05 PM

1st Hatch of 2010!!! Lovely Buff Orpingtons, Large Salmon Faverolles, Silver Spangled Hamburgs, Cuckoo Marans, a few black bantam cochins and two Sumatras...a black and a blue.  Oh! The big bonus was 5 adorable black d'Anvers from the trio our daughter won in the breeders raffle at the PPBA show in Stockton.  The girls were laying from day one (even laid an egg on the way home) so we put them in the incubator and well, they are pretty darn cute!  Quite the trial run for the first hatch of the season...34 hatched in all.