I'm 45 minutes from Pittsburgh & always order in a pullet assortment in the spring. It always has extra birds & usually includes buff orps.
I have a confession........I'm not as fond of my White Rocks and Leghorns as I am my "cuter" birds. I love that they do or will give me great eggs but they aren't as sweet as the Silkies or as playful as the other ones. Okay, now I feel better :) That being said I was out taking some pictures of the new chicks and decided to get a few of the other birds free ranging. I let them all out ALL day today. I was nervous for Pee Wee (Serama) and Thunderbolt & Daisy (Easter Eggers) but they did great!
Awh soooo cute!! Glad everyone is OK, love seeing chick pictures- it reminds me of spring.
Also, as far as Silkies go, do you guys house them in with your 'regular' chickens, or do they require different housing?
Getting Gavin on the bus was like pulling teeth, since our mallard momma decided to go broody today. He was super excited, until I told him it'll be about a month until they hatch. To get his butt in gear I told him that the more he's at school the faster the days will go by, plus they will hatch around fair week, so he'll be home for a week when they hatch or shortly after they've hatched. With all his excitement I hope at least one hatches.
Had another pleasant surprise when I got back from taking him to the bus, two eggs already. Usually the girls don't start laying until after 10.
My kids have always did great on the first day of school but this summer my very social daughter decided to attach herself to my hip. I'm hoping she won't cry on the first day. She has her brother and friends on the bus so fingers crossed! I hope Gavin has a great first day of school!
What other types of Chickens do you have? Just wondering in case you ever want to swap fertile eggs or are interested in swapping chicks in the Spring.
Right now they are housed with the Leghorns and White Rocks. It was a process to get them to all to get along. At the time I had 4 Leghorns and 7 Silkies. We lost 2 to predators and I had to give away 3 roosters. When my husband builds the new coop I will keep all the smaller chickens on one side and all the big girls on the other. I've been talking about this new coop for so long I'm starting to think it is never going to get built!!!! lol
Just curious for all you duck owners. Do you have them for their eggs, meat, both or just enjoyment. Until I joined this site I didn't realize how many people raise other types of birds. I keep seeing peacock eggs on Ebay and it's killing me not to get some! lol. Not sure what I would do with one but they are soooo pretty to look at :)
Duck eggs are quite tasty & HUGE! My pekins & runners were outlaying the chickens for several weeks this spring. I had 100% of the ducks laying daily & only 50% of the chickens. We haven't processed any for meat yet, but probably will.
Peacocks are on my wish list too, but I have to build them an aviary 1st. I don't have a pen tall enough for them right now.
I need quail pens in a hurry and no time to build so I am looking for chicken crates to use as quail pens,,, does anyone know where I can get about 10 of them, preferably open bottom with doors on top and side... plastic would probably work better......will travel with in reason for the right price,,,,Stromberg's is asking $75 for what I would want,,,that's a little to pricey for temporary cages
A barred rock roo will also have more white than black in the striping.