Originally Posted by Akrnaf2
Really wonderful specimens! Good for you!
Thank you, Benny... am pretty happy with that improvement... it's why I will continue to work on others...
Originally Posted by abbevilleoz GEEZ LOUISE !!! RAV !
where you been hiding those!!! They are beautiful!
Glad you like, but those are only 2, lol... and I did post them before... think it was before your time though...
Originally Posted by WalnutHill
Nope. Because we are a commercial egg farm, we have for the last 13 years bought "started pullets" which need only 6 weeks or so to go until lay. It is a lot easier than starting from chicks, but there are few options. They almost all have trimmed beaks and have been cage raised, so when we put them on the floor they are lost and frightened. We usually buy from Meyer Hatchery in Ohio and drive down to get them (about 3 hours) but when we wanted them two years ago they told us sorry, a bigger buyer took them all. So I found a listing on Craigslist, ordered them for the next available date, and when we went to get them found they had been kept in crates in a stock trailer in below zero weather. Although it wasn't evident at the time, most had severe comb damage and between the crates and the freezing, probably half of the 250 lost part of one or more toes. Peg is the worst, she lost all her toes to frostbite as her leg was stuck out the side of the cage and the cage was packed full. She's 2 1/2 now, and about ready to meet the stew pot, but her lack of toes has never posed a problem for her. She learned to hop using her wings for balance and slept on the floor at first, but once her toes sloughed off and her foot healed, she learned to do everything just like the others.
That last batch was so bad it soured me on started birds. There were blind birds, runts, some have never laid an egg. That's why I'm hatching this year.
And that is why I sincerely hope that you are successful in your changeover to hatches... much respect for someone who makes money and stands by their ethics at the same time... sadly, that is becoming more and more rare these days...
Originally Posted by TurksPoultry
My days goin we'll, thanks! Woke up to I *think* 28 chicks, but lemme say I have counted them at least five times, and I can't remember the exact # I pulled out the bator
Def plan to watch the race!!! Do u?
How is your day goin??
Sounds like a dang good hatch already!!
Originally Posted by Debs Flock
LOL...that's a lot of chicks! Congrats!
Yep, I hope we'll be switching between the race & the Cardinals game, but I haven't checked the guide yet.
It's been a quiet day so far. I'm grateful for that. Getting ready to walk the littles to the run. They're a hoot. As soon as they get inside the run, they chase the big kids.
Bad@$$ little 'lings everywhere this year!