Originally Posted by Reyvaughn
See, I like chickens because you don't have to have a plan. If I get tired of the Cochins, I can sell and look for a new breed. If I don't like the Polish, I sell and get a new breed. I love it! It's the animal for people like me - can't stick with anything for a long period of time. Except Dewey. Over 10yrs with that chicken.
So glad I traded horses for chickens!
I agree, except that I need a short term plan. Not having a plan is why I'm working to get back to 'good' cuckoo Marans like I had years ago. I'm writing this down so all y'all can help me stick to it. If I'm going to feed 70 adult chickens, over the longterm, they need to be good ones. Spare roos have a date with destiny tomorrow. Some of my old layers may be going for soup sooner rather than later. I don't need a couple dozen eggs every day, even after subtracting the ones I pull out to hatch.
I'm tired of the black copper Marans, so most of them are moving into the layer flock as soon as Motorcyclechick is ready for her eggs from me. I'll keep the blues, along with the BC hen that I got from Swataracreek. Might keep the BC roo to try making golden cuckoos somewhere down the line. The BC chicks I have hatched will be headed to Craigslist.
I want to concentrate on the cuckoos again. Some of the ones I have now are headed for the layer flock too. I'll hatch most of the dark eggs from the good ones, and I have cuckoo chicks and hatching eggs on the way.
I want to separate the faverolles into 2 breeding trios. The remaining smaller hens will be moving to the laying hen group, and the extra roo will be going to live with a neighbor and a flock of pet chickens. Most of the fav chicks I've hatched will grow out before I decide who stays. I've got shipped fav eggs in the 'bator too.
Same story with Ameraucanas. My plan has evolved to include 2 nice roos from Heatherscooby77, so I have to sort thru the chicks already hatched and decide which ones will fit into the new and improved plan. Then on to set up trios with the new roos.
The duck eggs in the bator now will end up on CL. I'll pen up the nicest ones for a while to hatch my own replacements.
Next week, I'll have Narrigansett turkey eggs to hatch. Most of those will go to my friend to raise for her CSA - I'll grow out 6-8, process most and keep a nice trio.
For a while, the plan included adding Delawares, but I'm rethinking that I might wait a year. Still have to decide.
So, I have to resist being enabled into getting speckled Sussex at H&H.