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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by desertgirl, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. desertgirl

    desertgirl Roo Magnet

    Mar 29, 2009
    Newbie here-we have designed our coop, and would like to get our chicks soon (and will move them into it when they are ready/big enough).
    I live in Albuquerque, and was wondering if any of you can give me some local advice;

    1)What breeds do you have/recommend?Do you get them in town or on line?
    2)Good local supply,feed stores?(I've looked in yellow pages,just wondered if there is a favorite amongst you pros).
    3)Our flock is just for my husband and myself. I was thinking of four birds-does this sound like a good number?
    4)Any problems with the heat in the summer?
    5)And now, for the wierd question...a collegue mentioned there might be a place in Las Lunas that serves as an "old chicken's home". We would never eat our friends, but have very limited space and might want to introduce new/young chickens when the girls stop laying and it woulld be great if there was such a place where they could live out their golden years. Anyone heard of this, or was he pulling my leg?[​IMG]

    Any advice you could give would be greatly appreciated!!!!!!!Thanks!!!!!!!![​IMG]

  2. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    [​IMG] It's difficult to say what you should get for breeds. If you asked a lot different people you would probably get many different answers. Some may agree on the breeds. Also do you want dual purpose or just good egg layers. Here is a great reference book, Gail Damerow's 'Storey's Guide to Chickens' is an excellent resource, as well as this web site which is an excellent source of information.

    These sites are especially helpful in selecting breeds.
    Henderson's Chicken Breed Chart

    Also here are some other good sites and info and more good links.
  3. desertgirl

    desertgirl Roo Magnet

    Mar 29, 2009
    I have gone through those sites, and I am leaning towards 1 RIR, 1 silverelaced wyadotte,1orpington and 1 easter egger/americana. I am struggling with replacing one of those with a silkie, simply due to the cute factor,even though I understand they aren't the best layers (they are still ridiculously cute!!!!) I would like calm,quiet,good layers.

    Last edited: Apr 5, 2009
  4. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

    Dec 25, 2007
    Chaparral, New Mexico
  5. desertgirl

    desertgirl Roo Magnet

    Mar 29, 2009
    Hello! Any thoughts for Nuevo Mexicana Chickens?[​IMG]
  6. Mesa

    Mesa Songster

    Nov 21, 2008
    New Mexico
    Well my thought is suuuuure you'll just stop with the few you mentioned lol... I said that when I started with chickens too! Welcome to the addiction girl!
    Anyways I think you'll do fine with those listed. I'd suggest adding a silkie too. I finally got one and it's just adorable! Theres a top silkie breeder in ABQ too... let me see if I can find his link.

    Here it is... http://www.silkiesbygeorge.com/
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2009
  7. bumpershoot

    bumpershoot Songster

    Greetings from up in the Sandias!

    If you want to special order a small number of chicks from Privett hatchery you can do so though Town and Country Feed on Rt.66 just north of Tramway. 296-6711. They just had EE's in and will have them again in May.

    I have Partridge Cochins up here, but I have friends in the South Valley that have pretty much any kind of chicken known to man. Just pick what you like. It'll do fine.

    I feed an organic feed that we get from Embuto Valley Organics. Standard feeds like Purina can be found all over. Interestingly enough one of the feed stores in town that seems to carry pretty much everything is a fish and bait store down on the south part of Isletta (just south of Rio Bravo). You go into the bait store and they buzz you though to the chicken stuff.

  8. bumpershoot

    bumpershoot Songster

    Quote:Oh man! That's cruel! You shouldda never posted that!!!!
  9. desertgirl

    desertgirl Roo Magnet

    Mar 29, 2009
    OK it is official. I' getting a silkie! And you are sooooo right-I am already addicted and I haven't even met my first chick yet!!

    And thank you for the info about the feed-I definitely want to go the organic route and will look into that.

  10. melissastraka

    melissastraka Songster

    Feb 26, 2009
    Hoquiam, WA
    Quote:Oh man! That's cruel! You shouldda never posted that!!!!

    no kidding! I didnt even like them...now i have to get one! question...how do they see?

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