My goal is to have 1 of MANY types of chickens, all different colored eggs. I'll sell all the extras.
I ordered 6 from dy_ad4 on Ebay. They sent 8, but the box got really beat up. 2 eggs were beyond cracked, 1 had hairline cracks (no leaking) that I sealed with wax. The air cells were super wonky. I let them know, not asking for anything, just letting them know about the damage. They immediately (within 2 days) shipped me 6 new eggs. I paid them for the shipping, since I really didn't expect them to send me more eggs. I set all 12, 36 hours apart from each other., so the second six will get locked down a day early. I've been trying to order eggs on Ebay from shippers that are within a state or two from me. The Polish and Maran eggs are coming from 2 different people in Arizona. Dy_ad4 is up in Crescent City, CA.
I am trying to see if distance traveled impacts my eggs.
It's funny, I'm not zoned for chickens. Not even 1 and I have 14 laying adult hens, 6 adult silkies (2 rooster), 10 four month old chickens (1 VERY loud rooster), 24 chicks from Feb/March hatches (nobody crowing yet), 38 chicks from the Easter HAL, 17 that hatched this last batch and a bunch already brewing in 2 incubators. There are still some silkie babies out in the silkie coop that are from Nov and Dec hatches. Most of those I sold, I'm not sure how many I still have - maybe 4 and they are all suspected roosters.
Definitely too many chickens.
That's a great goal to have super variety!
I've found that the eggs that were shipped to me from 4 hours away looked just as bad if not worse than the ones shipped across the country from me and actualy had worse hatch rates. I'm not sure if that's a rare thing or had to do with bad packaging or what but I've decided that shipped eggs are shipped eggs and they're going to get knocked around no matter what lol.
You really have it bad! I may not have much land but I'm thankful to be in an agricultural zone. I have, out in the main coop, 24 adults, 2 young silkies hatched in December (both suspected boys), and 15 black copper Marans chicks from NYD hatch and through February.
In the big garage brooder I have about 22 chicks growing out. 1 rhodebar cockerel, 1 hatchery silkie, 1 rhode island red cockerel (was supposed to be a pullet), and a bunch of CCL.
In the screen porch brooder, there are 9 poults growing out to join the 5 turkeys I already have (extra toms will go to freezer camp). The poults are mottled black, silver dappled, and 1 royal palm. Plus, there are 7 meaties in with them and 5 lavender ameraucana chicks.
In the bedroom brooder, 8 little bantam polish, 4 bearded silkies, and 2 lavender ameraucanas are waiting to relocate to one of the brooders outside. For now, they're hanging out with all the Ams, EEs, and OEs that are for sale lol.
Wow, I have more than I thought! I seriously need to get my breeding pens built so I can have more room to house all these chicks! They won't stay little for long!
Cream Crested Legbars, BCM, Rhodebars, bearded silkies, good laced/buff laced polish, black/lavender ameraucanas
Bourbon red, red bronze, royal palm, mottled black
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