Originally Posted by TheChickenQueen
My coop is kinda large but no one can free range because we have two dogs, next year I plan on finding a way to let them free range. And I have another building I can turn into a coop if it really comes to that, but my dad is having surgery this Saturday and is off work so chicken stuff is rather tight at the moment. Ah chicken math how we love and hate you...
I plan on doing some projects come spring so I guess that is a good excuse with falling in love with new breeds?
If you don't want to pay their price I suggest asking around on your state thread and maybe any facebook pages for your area for poultry, I'm pretty sure someone would probably have some for a decent price(5-6 dollars seems to be what BBS orps go for). Big fluffy orpingtons are so beautiful!
My entire flock is under a year old currently so my family is getting more then enough eggs, next winter when they aren't as young will probably be pretty rough.
Hope your dad comes out of surgery just fine!
I know what it's like, we went through a rough patch with funds this year. I actually reached the point where I was having nightmares that my parents decided to get rid of my flock for extra money! Luckily for me, in reality, they adore the girls almost as much as I do.
I know a few people that have Orps in my state. At least one has Lavenders, and another one even has chocolate and chocolate cuckoo Orps!
Only thing is, they're straight run. I can't blame the breeders, of course, but I unfortunately don't have room for many more birds and don't want that room taken up by a lot of roosters, without being able to rehome them with the MG here.
So, hatchery birds are really my only option at the moment so I can be relatively sure I get the number of pullets I want.
Ah. This is our first winter in a LONG time that we haven't had young pullets coming into lay beforehand, so we're pretty scarce for eggs as a result. I keep getting one egg from Marge every day, though! I was getting one egg either from Tilde or Mako every day up until a couple days before Thanksgiving, and then they quit suddenly. Luckily, we stored a bunch in the fridge for the holiday!
Originally Posted by autumnhearth
I whole heartedly approve of the Light Brahma. I adore Pema, my husband's pick again (Victoria the Dorking was his first). Oh and a Dorking trio! How exciting!
I've never had Cochins, since we have such a small flock we have to focus more on eggs, but we love our snuggly Buff Orp and Light Brahma and they both lay well.
I get the buff color thing, but they do look nice in a mixed flock especially when you have other warm colored girls like stars/comets, Welsummers/Brown Leghorns, Easter Eggers etc. Not to make anything more difficult
That list sounds great!
Hey, good to hear from you again as well, Autumn!
Sounds like your husband has good taste in breeds.
Glad that your Brahma has worked out well for you! I know a few others have gotten them from Meyer and haven't heard a negative thing about them yet!
A lot of people talk about their lovely Buff Orpingtons, and my mom has really been vying for one for a while... Hmm...
So on to the flock, I'm not sure if I should be concerned yet or not, y'all, but Elda didn't have much of an appetite today. Today and yesterday, I've given her roughly 2 cups of soaked feed to eat, given in small amounts throughout the day to prevent her from overdoing it. Yesterday, she ate every little scrap of it, as well as the two doses of soaked feed / probiotic mixture. Today, she ate her probiotic mix just fine, but she only ate maybe a third of the soaked feed.
She was hungry tonight when I gave her her Nystatin dose, and she looked at her empty food dish rather expectantly when the light came on in there. I gave her a hand full of dry pellets--it's what I had on hand and I wanted to see her eat, darn it!--and she ate it like she ate her food yesterday. So she still has an appetite intermittently... I'm hoping this was a fluke and she eats plenty tomorrow. Should be interesting, though. I'm in class until around 3 or later. I hope she eats, but doesn't hurt herself in the process!
I really should get to bed for said classes now. Sigh... I'll be sure to post any changes in Elly's condition when I get home tomorrow.
Edit 12/1: Elly's not eating very much still.
Not sure what else to do... She still seems fine, behavior-wise, but not much is going in and not much is coming out. I did notice that her pin feathers have begun opening up again. I wonder if her molt could be slowing her appetite? She does eat some, just not very much... I just don't know.Edited by pipdzipdnreadytogo - 12/1/15 at 3:09pm