Hey everyone! I'm MouseBandit, from the SW corner of Oregon. :-) We just bought a new property, and are getting busy setting up infrastructure for our chickies. We have 4 layers (auracanas) from last fall's hatch, and two new batches of chicks, a set that are 4 weeks old, including Blue Laced Wyandottes, Buttercups, New Hampshire Red, 3 Cochins, and two Polish girls. :-) That batch belongs pretty much to the kiddos, as they earned the money and picked out the breeds, except for 2 Cochins, who will be my brooders. The younger batch is brand new, only 4 days old, and they are mostly Buff Brahmas, with a few more Auracana, and a few Australorps. We have slapped together an outdoor brooder shelter for them, and are working on regulating the temperatures between nighttime lows and daytime highs.
We're looking forward to establishing a little egg-sales route next fall when everyone starts laying. We used to have a route, and it went awesome. My 8-year-old daughter is going to be involved in that, with her little flock of 2 auracanas, and 3 buttercups. :-)
I'm happy to have finally jumped in here! So much information!! Nice to meet you all!