What would you do??? All I get from my hubby is "Sure", "Okay". And its not helpful in my decision making.
I will try not to over load this thread with gibber jabber but here is my situation:
I have a nice Blue Wheaten Ameraucana Rooster that I have been looking for quality hens to match. I have found someone that has a limited number of hens but their girls are not laying regularly yet. While we were corresponding about her eggs, a Bobcat came in last week an wiped out most of my flock (9 were killed, 5 survived) Now I'm looking at replacing my lost laying hens in addition to my Ameraucana additions.
I do not have an incubator and my original plan was to use my current broody hen because it is so much easier! I don't think its gonna work using a broody now because too many chicks are needed and timing is a mess. I have to scramble to find a spot to brood chicks myself and this all has to be planned ASAP because I have to get my birds grown and settled into my main coop by May at the absolute latest. Here is my predicament...
1 broody hen on my mixed EE eggs a week into incubation. She is 2 weeks into being broody. I wasn't planning on keeping my eggs because I was getting Ameraucana eggs but that is not going to work hatching them myself. The breeder is willing to incubate them and I can pick up chicks.
1.) Find other eggs for my hen (I have Welsummer and Silver Leghorn eggs near me) This is a gamble re starting incubation right? Worst thing can do is she give up being broody. The eggs are not going to be cheap. And brood the Ameraucanas myself.
2.) Find layer chicks for her(RIR, Black sexlink, Red sexlink, hatched 1/13 nearby, too old?) and brood the Ameraucanas myself whenever they come.
3.) Keep my eggs and sell the chicks after they hatch. Wait for her to go broody again and give her the Ameraucana eggs then.
Now that I type this out it sounds like a mess...
My goal is to have a few different brown and white egg layers and a few Wheaten Ameraucana hens. Numbers have to stay at 20 or less and they need to hold their own and be in my coop by May.
What should I do? I feel like my mind is running in circles with too many choices. There are so many ways to do this! I really didn't want to brood any chicks myself but its looking like its inevitable. Its going to be harder this time around because I don't have the setup I used when I raised 25 hatchery chicks last year. Not looking forward to it.
What would you do?