Originally Posted by Chickymommy45
I've taken the plunge and I daresay look pretty great for a new mother of five
My boyfriend (Chickydaddy) and I have taken on 5 beautiful babies to raise for a friend of his. We fell so in love that we will be getting our own after we give up the ladies to their forever home. We have an Australorp, Cochin, Brahma, Rhode Island Red, and a Wellsummer (my favorite). As first time parents, we've already made a BUNCH of mistakes (accidentally removed umbilical cord, tried to feed large grit, took them on a 9-hour car trip and I got to use the phrase "BEHAVE BACK THERE WILL YOU?!" which was awesome). I think this all makes you realize you're not really a parent unless you almost kill you kids at least once
. These mistakes aside, the girls are thriving in their brooder box which is becoming ever smaller, and we are already excited to get our own batch.
We come to you humbly for advice, as our needs are different when picking out our next batch of babies and preparing for their arrival.
-Lots of eggs
-To keep Chickymommy happy (if he knows what's good for him) :-D
-Great demeanor within flock
-Breed that is arguably cute/pretty
-Breeds with good social interaction with people/snuggly
-For Chickydaddy to be stress free :-D
We live in Missouri so we will need breeds that are cold hardy and we can only have 4 as we are in the city. We are also looking for suggestions on how to make our birds like us from a young age (pretty excited to try imprinting), advice on setting up a great brooder box as the one we are using now is too small we think, and any other suggestions on preparing our house and yard for our new family members!
I've been utilizing these forums a lot on our trial chickies so I'm excited to introduce myself and look forward to sharing our adventures together!