Originally Posted by KDOGG331
Yeah, I liked Meyer. No DOA and only one died but that was at 6 days old and my fault for having the heat too high. The birds are beautiful too, at least mine are. Especially my Barred Rock and Easter Eggers. Curious which ones of yours were mutts? We love ours, got 1 Barred Rock, 2 Black Australorps, 3 Buff Orpingtons, and 2 Easter Eggers. We originally were going to get 2 of each breed but the other BR was the one that died and we added their free chick option which happened to be another BO. I'm glad because I really love them.
So we got the rainbow pack - 5 EE, 5 dark Cornish (one was a runt,), 4 Delaware, 4 Barred Rocks, 2 Welsummer, 2 RIR, 1 meal maker and two buff orph male chicks. We didn't have any DOA, one died day two and we had one sick bird after shipment that survived. The mutts we had were a Delaware and dark Cornish. One Cornish was obviously a runt and never got really big, we found her dead one day in the yard, no obvious signs of cause of death. Same thing on one Delaware at about 1 year, same thing, but she wasn't a runt. One of our dark Cornish is a hatchery mutt as well. Comb all wrong, etc. That happens with hatcheries, I guess. We have been happy, we had our flock vaccinated before shipment as we didn't want to take chances. Since the original flock we have not vaccinated anyone and besides those couple birds we haven't had any illness. That was two years ago, since then we have hatched from our original flock last year and got 15 chicks, 8 males and 7 females. The pullets are all a almost a year old now, it has been an amazing experience to have raised that flock from chicks to then hatch from that flock.
Originally Posted by Blooie
Nope, no roosters, @aart
And LG, I don't know anyone "locally" to get eggs from....um from whom to get eggs... Lots of folks around here have chickens, but only two with roosters and I'm telling ya, I wouldn't buy eating eggs from either of them, Ken said last night that as much as we travel, I should just go post on the Wyoming page where we're going to be - Cheyenne, Casper, Sheridan, etc. and when, and if any one there has hatching eggs at that time we could pick them up while we're there.
HOWMSOEVAH - Last night about 12:30 we saw a pip...just the tiniest little thing and it looked a lot like x. Not much bigger! I was so excited! I just knew we'd have a chick by sometime today. Woke up at 4:45 to cheeping...and CHEEPING.....and got up. Turned on the light and saw this little critter in there!
Now I just noticed that another egg in there is rocking a bit. So.....woo hoo!! This is a little Olive Egger and his/her name is Yokel.
Yeah, congrats. How many have hatched now?