Originally Posted by LalaG
Im interested in how everyone got their eggs also if not your backyard. I was able to find my silkie eggs on eBay from a farm not far from me but I was thinking about using mypetchicken next time and also using a few TJ eggs because why not
. Id love to find some locally but nothing listed on craiglist. I may post in one of the Facebook yard sale sites And see what I can find I know there are a lot of farms around and I bet that's a good way to get them. Has anyone ever tried to incubate the fresh farm eggs from a roadside farm stand? I'd imagine there may be some fertile eggs there if they have a rooster in the flock?
Try your local state thread in the "Where am I where are you?" section. I have very firm restrictions ( city code and DH ) on how many I can have - 6 full grown chicken hens is the actual ordinance. Therefore after 6 years of having chickens - I am super picky about the breeds I want due to the limitations. There isn't any point for me to try TJ or WF since I only want Favs and will be experimenting with Cochins this year. Here is a list of what we have had in the past and reason for no longer keeping them:
Hatchery Gold/Red sexlinks - too many health issues after 2nd year ( breaking many hearts in the process)
Hatchery Barred Rock ( see above - had to put down our Polly our 5 y/o last year due to internal laying - it was not quick or easy )
Hatchery Minorca - flighty and sickly
Hatchery EE - loved her but she was an escape artist, loud, obnoxious, did I mention loud?
Hatchery RIR - LOUD and mean
Hatchery SLW - people mean - she would go out of her way to bite you - seriously
Hatchery Buckeyes - they were super sweet but man could they fly - even with clipped wings they could easily go over the 6 foot fence into the neighbors yard
Breeder BBS Jersey Giants - beautiful and docile but too big for my set-up
Breeder Ameracaunas - all of the ones that hatched were cockerels and they were also awesome flyers
Breeder Faverolles - Ding, ding, ding - we have a Winner Quiet, docile, pretty, no attempts to escape
We also have two BBS silkies that keep the two Favs company - they may or may not be staying depending on what hatches. I need eggs more than yard candy unfortunately :( But they are sweet and amusing.