Our chicks will arrive in five days We are very excited! And nervous! We have ordered two Buff Orpingtons, two Barred Rocks, and two Golden Comet.The local feed stores have a six chick minimum.
My chicken babies are nine/ten days old. I figure the Buffs are a day older than the rest. The feed store staff said some arrived a day early. They have grown so much in one week! They have wing feathers! We have raised the waterer and food dispenser. We added a CD rack-Perch. They have been using a branch and a wood scrap perch until today.
I worry that two or three are roosters! I did not buy straight run. I was told there is an 85% hen rate. Let's hope.
Well our flock has grown! We went to Ingleside Farm Chickenstock Fiesta and came home with two sweet Dominiques! Pullets.... Mrs V practically guaranteed it (90%).... but me, I have to fret. Now ,I think they BOTH are Baby Roosters! So, I think I have three roosters, today! Somedays, I let Bill convince me that they are all hens! They are big and gawky now.... kinda, like 8 year old boys.... They squabble and peep and purr (the Dominiques purr!) We need the run to be finished first, I think, they need to be outside in the nice weather. The chicken playpen is open to the sky and they are able to sneak under when a tasty bug is out of reach... so I have to stay out with them... with a finished run, they could be out and I could get some quilting and sewing done ! Or mow the lawn! Maybe we will be able to get some run done this weekend..... I need to win the lottery to pay for the hardware cloth!!!!