James Hill Goats

Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats for milk, pet or show


Our chickens...

Posted by jameshillgoats on May 5, 2013 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

A favorite part of my day is checking the coops to see what our hens have produced for the day.  Currently we are working on an olive egger project (Blue and Splash Ameraucana roos over Marans hens). We also have a breeding trio of Salmon Faverolles and a breeding pair of Partridge Penedesencas.

From these combinations we gather a wide range of colors from light tan to blue/green to dark reddish brown.  And the personalities of our flock are as varied as their egg color!  This is Roo Too, our Penedesenca rooster.  He is the most lively and LOUD of all our roos, and fancies himself quite the ladies man.   The hen in the pic is a Brown Leghorn, who was a "filler" chick in our hatchery shipment.  She's very taken with Roo, and helps feed his already overblown ego.


Many colors of eggs...

Posted by jameshillgoats on February 1, 2013 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Here at James Hill, we not only raise Nigerian Dwarf goats.  We also keep a small mixed flock of chickens.  Through selective crossbreeding we are developing hens that will lay various hues of olive green eggs.  We are in the early stages of our program, and will be hatching our first "Olive Eggers" this spring.

In the meanwhile, our hens are providing us with eggs in a wide range of color: blue, blue-green, tan and rich,deep brown-some with speckles and some not:


SO busy!

Posted by jameshillgoats on October 12, 2012 at 2:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Whew!  Glad to finally have a few minutes to spare to catch up with our blog friends.  Sorry we haven't been posting lately, but several home and farm jobs came due at the same time.  The house now has a new roof and fresh paint (inside AND out),  the plumbing is fixed, and the new chicken coops are built. Oh...and the donkeys got their overdue pedicure today!

Sadly, last month an interuption caused my husband to lose his train of thought, and our laying hens succumbed to the heat after remaining too long in their chicken house.  None survived the ordeal.  Quite a sorrowful day for our family.  But two new coops (with more adequate ventilation) later, our replacement  chicks have started to arrive.  And with them, a new family farm project:  breeding chickens to lay olive green eggs!

Our family loves a colorful egg basket.  Our previous hens were Easter Eggers and Ameraucanas, who lay light blue to blue-green eggs.  While researching coop design and hatchery availability, I came across information on extending the range of your hens egg color.  Of course we couldn't resist such a great idea, and plans were laid and baby chick orders made.  Availability of chicks is very limited this time of year, and we had to compromise on some of our initial choices.  But that was for the best, as we found a couple of rare chicken breeds that we decided to purchase in addition to those breeds necessary for our olive egg project. 

I will be posting some pics this week of the new additions, both the chicks and their new facilities.  Can't wait for those pullets to get old enough to lay...store bought eggs just ain't the same!