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The Chickens Of Alpine Springs Ranch

  1. AlpineSpringsRanch
    It all started with 9 chicks picked up from a friend. 3 Splash Cochin's, 3 Silver Laced Wyandotte, and 3 New Hampshire Red....oh and 2 turkeys but I imagine they'll get their own page.
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    These chicks were so easy I decided to order 25 from McMurray.
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    And I had read about Chicken Math but that didn't make sense. You know most people are rational adults and surely nobody needs more than 25 chickens right!?

    Of course I wasn't fully prepared for the effects of chick cuteness....careful stop reading now or you too may be infected.

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    Of course, it was easy to convince hubby we were gonna need a coop.

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    Those all grew up. Between selling off roosters and a few hens and finding out a friends dog eats chickens (he'd been loose with them all fine for 3 or 4 visits) the flock was reduced to just 7 chickens....well, that wasn't going to work out. Browsing the McMurray website and couldn't get JUST 25 I mean, 50 was a much better bargain right (told hubby we'll just SELL the extras :D )!
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    I'm really fortunate my own dogs, Australian Shepherds, have never had a problem with ANY of the chickens.

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    I just love all the colors....its like a kaleidoscope of chicks

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    So I thought heck, with all the info on BYC and 5 full grown hens who NEVER go broody lets try hatching!

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    And out of 6 eggs to start (and more to come as you can see there in the incubator!) I got these three precious little ones...my first grand chicks!

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    Of course just as the hatching got started...my only cochin hen decided she wanted to be a broody:

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    Luckily I was able to change her mind after a couple weeks but boy was she determined! Got my avatar pic of her though!

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    As for the next chapter. Just added a couple of silkie roos, and 8 more easter eggers including 5 hens already laying...gonna add some color to that incubator!

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  1. BantamFan4Life
  2. regenbogenfarm
    love the pics and story very nice
  3. eggspresso
    What fun!
  4. GatorsChickens
    im thinking about ordering some more just got an order in last week but i got to thinking my pen is way too big its almost the size of my yard with only a few chickens in it so i need to know what the best broody hen is so i can order and hatch out more because im gonna open a game at my county fair for chicks next year and i need a hen that goes broody very well and is a great mother because i need to hatch some
  5. Battyrap101
    The chicks are sooo cute!!! :D
  6. christyg
    Looks like you are having a blast! We are backyard city chicks with hens only, and love our ladies! Our 2 1/2 year old daughter has learned so much from our chicken experience! We too started out with 4 hens...then crept up to 6....now are at 8... what I love most is their individual personalities but the best thing in the world is watching a fat hen run across the yard for a treat!! Hilarious!
  7. ChickSter99
    Nice to know I'm not the only one. I ordered 2 Austrolorps, 2 Barred Plymoth Rocks, 2 Rare Breeds (think there Ancona & Ameraucana). Well, that was the start. A week later, I ordered 10 Assorted Brown Layers (Variety Pack). MyPetChicken.com is where I ordered them from. I thought the 2 week wait was the worst thing waiting for them to get here. They are now 2 weeks old and in the cute...not so cute stage (bless their little hearts). And smart! I never knew they were so smart even at 2 weeks. They tried to find their way out of the brooder when I was cleaning it. Glad I was paying attention. Well that's not the end...I found Ebay! Oh boy! "Chicken Addiction" has really hit hard. Now, I have 3 incubators filled all the way with EEs, Orps, Amer, Silkies, Polish, Bantam mixes, Turkens, Jersey Giants B/BBS, just to name a few.... found out earlier that we have 3 duck eggs in that mix also (surprise). They have a new, large coop and run. The only one not happy is my chihuahua. I already have neighbors wanting chicks which is good. Now, my husband won't have a "What In The World Attack" when he sees all of them at the same time. LOL:)
  8. willowbranchfarm
    Beautiful Birds!!
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  10. Lady Ressler
    This makes me feel beter about my "chicken sickness" as the hubby calls it. I already have plas for a bigger coop. Great story.

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