Originally Posted by WalnutHill
I'm a blonde too so that's no flocking excuse! Now your being new to raising birds is a perfectly acceptable excuse. We can help you with that so that by next year you'll be the one giving flock raising advice!
I have been raising Red Sex Link (Production Red, Golden Comet, Golden Buff, etc) hens for eggs for sale for years and years and years.
Once upon a time, we bought an old farmhouse and bought 5 chickens. One died, and I figured out that it died of old age. So I bought a minimum mail order of hatchery chicks.
The next year I bought some more.
The following year I bought some more.
Those first few years, we had Barred Rock, Ancona, Brown Leghorn, Rhode Island Red, White Crested Black Polish, Buff Orpington, Light Brahma, Black Jersey Giant, "Ameraucana" which were undoubtedly Easter Egger but I didn't know better yet, and a bunch more that caught my eye. It was a crazy flock of birds that didn't get along, wimps and bullies. They laid some eggs, but not enough to pay the feed bill. They were pets, and those that turned out to be boys were given away or eaten. I kept one rooster because I free ranged the girls.
Then they built a subdivision of expensive ugly houses around my little farm. And we went to court. And we were ordererd to get rid of our flock of about 100 chickens...but I fought that, and only got rid of the rooster.
Then we spent 2 1/2 years fighting to keep our farm. In the end we won, but we had huge legal bills to pay. So we bought chickens...400 of them.
In 7 years a flock of 400 red sex links paid off $28,000 in legal bills. We did not keep that number, it was almost a full time job caring for them and even packing eggs was a couple hours a day. This spring we had about 125 red layers, which is much more manageable.
I am tired of the profitable red sex links. Not of the profitability, just of the uniformity and lack of personality. So I got eggs from several of my friends here on BYC as well has hatching out some Easter Eggers from my own flock, and I have about 100 new birds to displace most of the old red layers.
Most of these new birds are wonderful! And I should have dark brown, medium brown, light brown, blue, green, cream and white from this new flock.
This girl is 6 years old and is great grandma to many of this year's EEs.