Hello BYC Michigan Peeps,
I live in the lil ole town of Charlotte. Nooo, it's not pronounced like the pig in Charlotte's Webb (great book & movie). It's pronounced Char-Lot.(a.k.a. Chartucky) And we are the mighty, might Orioles! Go Orioles!
This is only my 2nd post. I only joined last month. I have done tons and tons of reading, and absolutely love all the wisdom, knowledge, and caring that this website has to offer. I had raised about 50 chickens back when I was in FFA. But that was to many years ago. So I feel as though I am a newbie to raising chickens again. I never realized there were SO many breeds of chickens. I was raised with horses & hogs. So all of the chicken breeds is a whole new foreign concept to me. Though I find it quite intriguing.
Okay, down to the Nitty Chicken Gritty:
- I am the proud momma of 4 beautiful (human) girls
- 2 - 2 year old female Boston Terrier Sisters: Bella Mae & Olivia Lou (both spayed)
- 1 - 1 year old Calico Barn Cat: Sassy (possibly expecting her 1st litter - jury is still out on that 1; will update)
(After suspected 1st litter, she will be updated on shots & spayed. & if not preggers spayed)
- 1st set of 12 baby chicks are as follows:
- 2 Plymouth Barred Rock Roosters: Spike & Black Beak
- 2 Barred Rock Pullets: Bubbles & Lucy Goosey
- 2 Cornish Rocks: Mr. & Mrs. Cornish (lucked out to have 1 cockerel & 1 pullet)
- 2 Black Sex Links Pullets: Raven & Fluffy
- 4 Isa Brown Pullets: Henny Penny, Hopper, Pepper, and Rosie
- Then we had purchased 6 more:
- 1 Barred Rock Pullet: (unnamed at this time)
- 1 Buff Orpington Pullet: Fluffy Buffy
- & 4 more Cornish Rocks: that will remain unnamed because they all look alike!
- Then the 3rd round of chicks was 12 more Cornish Rocks. (Yes, we really eat A LOT of chicken around here)
- Then the very last set for this year, the 4th set is:
- 3 Cornish Rocks: that will again, remain unnamed, although, a couple have very distinct personalities!
- 3 Black Australorps: that have so far just earn the name Penguin Chickens!
The 3 Black Australorps are my 12 year old daughter's chicks. So I am waiting on her to name them. And for her sake, I sure hope they are all pullets, because we only keep maybe 2 roosters at all times. All Cornish Rock's will be butchered. And we missed out on some Rhode Island Red's, some Polish & Silkie Bantams. My 12 year old daughter was very upset with me. I told her there is always Craigslist, the local paper, and the small animal sale at the County fair in July. After telling her that, she then cut me some slack.
I have once again learned that chickens are their own (& my) entertainment. Even though I get pecked and pinched daily , I still look forward to seeing them everyday. I just kinda feel bad for the Cornish Rocks . They get SO big SO quick and have such a hard time getting around . I don't like to see them (what seems like) suffering. I know for next years batches of baby chicks, to do WAY more research on this WONDERFUL sight, " www.backyardchickens.com " before our next purchase(s) of baby chick's. I feel that I can better take care of things that I know more about.
Thank you everyone for your posts on the great & very informational site!
Time to go & take care of my feathered babies & !
Have a great evening & weekend everyone.