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I have some pictures of the birds I ordered last year.  The white cochins were hatched in May '15.


The first two pics are from when they were younger over the summer.



The rest of the pictures of them were taken a few days ago.





Edited by JetsChickens - 3/30/16 at 5:09pm
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These are from a few days ago of the Rainbow Rangers Meyers offers, they were hatched mid August 2015.







This one is a female next to a Barred Plymouth Rock hen (Welp hatched in 2014) and the other two are a male and a female each next to Sophie (Black Langshan hen, McMurray 2014) for a rough idea of size.





Size and shape seem to very a bit between the RR's, but from what I understand that is normal and there isn't really a set standard?  They are all super nice and docile.  Dumber than a brick, but nice at least.

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These are my girls that I ordered in August of 2015. Two Cochins (white and partridge) and two Orpingtons (buff and lavender).
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I'm still sorting out who's who but here are some pics of the whole group and some individual shots of the LeAnn Adopt Me s.

A blue cochin and a bantam cochin

4 Dominiques


I think I have a cockoo Marans or two I'm amongst my Auatralorps (they have pale peach legs)
Two extra yellows amongst my two White Leghorns and Golden Buff.

All 21 of my chicks arrived alive and well. One leghorn died two days later. They one bantam cochin had sprawled legs but two days with a rubber band around it's legs strengthened them to where it's walking just fine now. Now to wait it out and see how many are girls and boys.
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Here's the picture of the yellows that didn't load in my above post.
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I ordered 10 chicks from meyer hatchery they hatched on April 11th. I received them the afternoon of April 12th. All the way from Ohio to California! Thank God they ALL arrived ALIVE AND HEALTHY. I have been really enjoying them! Thank you Meyer Hatchery! I will never go anywhere else for my chicks!! Chicks were packed with great care and even had a heat pack for their long journey! They are beautiful healthy chicks! I have 7 female Barred Rocks, 1 Female Silver Laced Wyannadotte, 1 Female Golden Buff, and 1 Female Silver Penciled Rock. Five of the 10 chicks fly into my lap for a snuggle (1 laced wyannadotte, & 4 Barred Rocks ) They are Amazingly friendly and super smart!! I'm brooding in a large Dog cage with a 20 chick Brinsea Ecoglow radiant heat brooder. They love it!! These are the most friendly Chick's I've ever had! ALL 10 come when I call them! They drink and eat well! I'm so greatful!! Meyer has given me a truly wonderful experience! ♡♡
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These Meyer chickens are GORGEOUS! I just might need to order a giant batch of chickies...

I want more chickens. Stupid Chicken Math.
I want more chickens. Stupid Chicken Math.
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Here are the chicks I kept and some a friend bought.
My order: Blue Copper Marans rooster, Black Copper Marans hen, Auatralorp rooster and hen, Salmon Favorelle hen, two White Longhorn hens, Golden Buff hen, Golden Laced Polish, and 10 LeAnn's Adopt Me's and their Meyer's meal make. All arrived alive. One white Leg horn died 3 days later. The Adopt Me's ended up being: 2 pairs of Dominiques, a speckled Susex hen, 2 red hens, two cochins (a blue and a white) that I think are roosters, a Barred Rock rooster, and a Black hen that could be another Auatralorp hen. The only one I'm disappointed about is that the salmon Favorelle is darker than should be. I don't have updated pictures of all of them since I sold some.

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Hey guys, long time no see!


Just checking in with some updates, and update pictures.  It's been about a year since I bought my last group of Meyer chicks (Dorking, BLRW, Buff Orp, Black Australorp, Blue Ameraucana, and Cuckoo Marans), and they are all grown up and laying now.  


Sadly, we lost our Dorking a couple weeks ago to unknown causes (she was totally healthy and happy the previous day, laying well, getting underfoot--she did not appear injured at all, and I found her laying in a spot in the woods where the girls like to dustbathe).  She was our friendliest hen by far, and our only white egg layer, so she is very much missed. :(  I also lost one of my two oldest hens (a SLW, 7 years old) to an apparent predator attack several months ago.  I decided after these losses that I would try to get another Dorking and a friend or two for her when the opportunity arose.  I was starting to despair of doing this anytime soon, because Meyer was sold out of Dorkings for the whole year.  However, the Dorkings became available on Meyer's "Available Now" overhatch list last night, along with several other breeds on my wish list.  Sooo, based on standard operation of chicken math, I placed an order for 5 new chicks, and I'm so excited!! :)  I have ordered one each of:


Silver Gray Dorking

Blue Copper Marans

Light Brahma

Buff Laced Polish

White Sultan


I almost got an olive egger, too, but while I was weighing the pros and cons, other people snatched them up and made that decision for me.


I thought I'd add a few pics for an update.


By BLRW and BA in the background (with a photobomb from the dogs).  She turned out to be blue after all, even though she was such a dark, dark chick it seemed sure she would be black.  I'm pretty happy with her!  Although I still want to add a lighter blue BLRW to the flock.  And Nigella, the BA, turned out to be so, so pretty.  I wouldn't think an all black hen, no flashy colors or anything, could be so striking, but she really is.



Here's another pic of the BLRW--pretty brassy around her head/neck, but a decent red elsewhere, and a nice deep blue color.  


And here is Narcissa, the Buff Orp.  She's pretty and entirely pleasant, but not quite as "in your pocket" as my old Buff Orp, unfortunately.



Pansy and Petunia, my Barred Rock and Cuckoo Marans.  Petunia is laying nice dark eggs for me!  Not super dark, but clearly and distinctly several shades darker than any of my brown layers.



Narcissa, Nigella, and Pansy out for a stroll this morning:



A picture of the whole flock a couple months ago, before we lost Mrs. Fig and the Dorking. :(


Here is our Dorking, just a few weeks ago--RIP little girl.... :( She was such a funny chicken, so bold and sassy and sweet and friendly, always underfoot looking for treats, letting the little kids pick her up and hold her and pet her....  I dearly hope our next one will have her character.




And here are a couple pics of Mrs. Fig, the SLW, before we lost her.  She lived a very good 7 years, but she had more good life in her, and I was terribly sad to see her go.


(with my younger EE, Tiger Lily)


(old guard checking out the young blood, last summer)


Now I only have one surviving hen from my original batch of 3 hens, 7 years ago--Chamomile, my EE.  She is still hanging in there, not at the top of the pecking order, but getting along fine and still laying regularly.  She doesn't seem to get picked on, but she hangs out by herself a little more, and hangs out on the fringes when I pass out treats (so I always sneak her a few to enjoy on her own).  I think she is such a pretty color, although I have a hard time catching it in pictures--she always looks cranky in close-up photos, but not in real life:







Delphine, the Blue Ameraucana, has gone broody, so I can't get a good picture of her now.  But before she went broody she was laying nice eggs, not terribly different in color from my EEs' eggs, but tending to have calcium deposits.  I think she's still laying a bit while she's hanging out on the nest 20+ hours day, but not as much as usual.  Can't remember if I mentioned here that she survived an encounter with the neighbor's lab mix last fall--Delphine found a hole in the fence and decided to go exploring....  My husband was out working in the yard and mentioned hearing a bunch of squawking and seeing that the dog had caught "a pheasant or something."  Of course I ran out--and saw the dog carrying Delphine in her mouth--Delphine was limp and the dog was literally digging a hole to bury her in.  I thought she was dead, then I saw Delphine's leg twitch. I yelled, the dog dropped her, Delphine went running off into the bushes, and we found her.  She was dazed and battered, a few puncture wounds, and missing a lot of feathers, but nothing truly major.  After a trip to the emergency vet and some TLC, she made a full recovery.  In this pic below, you can see where her feathers grew back in on the left side of her back and tail lighter than the rest of her body.  I wonder if her whole body will turn that color as she molts.... 



Anyway, that's it for now.  I plan to be back to post pics of the new chicks once they arrive!! :) 

Edited by hyzenthlay - 6/20/16 at 4:40pm
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