Another Introduction: Us and our Flock

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Pull what?, Aug 18, 2008.

  1. Pull what?

    Pull what? Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 10, 2008
    Olympia, WA
    Hello Back Yard Chicken forum! [​IMG]

    My wife and I are very excited to join your ranks, we are both brand new to chickens but have enjoyed it more than we had ever thought possible.

    a little about us:

    Last year we moved onto some property that at one time had housed ostrich, Pheasants, quail, and chickens as well as other animals. All the pens and structures have sat unused for about 7 years though they were well constructed so they have weathered okay. There is also a large area of trees with a chainlink fence with hardware cloth at the bottom around the entire perimeter and you can see he also had bird netting accross the whole run area.

    I love that security is nearly all done already but it does spook me a bit, obviously predators have been an issue. We are going to redo the coop entirely as well as replace the netting.

    So we finally decided in April to get some chickens and start using the property. We have been vendors at our local farmers market with our jewelry for the last 10 years so we have long enjoyed eating local and in season, including pastured eggs.

    This year the price has gone to 7 a dozen at our market, and our favorite vendor for the eggs just signed a contract with a local school system for all the eggs he can provide. I think its great that a school is taking the effort to supply a better egg to the kids but that left us out in the cold with some store bought "free range" [​IMG]

    We shopped a few of the hatcheries and did our homework, we settled on Mcmurry as they had the breeds we were looking to get. So we put our order in at the end of april and our chicks were to arrive June 22nd.

    We Ordered...lets see if I can do this by memory.

    3 White Crested Black Polish
    3 Silver Polish
    3 Silver Spangled Hamburgs
    3 Blue Andulsians
    6 black Minorcas
    9 Anconas

    We received 2 extra: 1 white crested polish and 1 black minorca. I think the extra WCBP was the "free exotic" even though we turned down the "free rooster" several times.

    Well you've been patient and I know you have read through this in hopes of seeing some Fuzzy Butts....SO HERE THEY ARE!! Gosh they were so tiny back then.


    So 29 arrived all cute and fuzzy, and thanks to all of you are healthy and growing every day. We learned every answer to every question right here in this helpful community and I want to thank you for that.

    They are just over 8 weeks old now and outside in a temporary coop, I hope to get some good pictures of it tomorrow or the next day as we let them out into the run for the first time.

    All 29 are doing great and have been so much fun to spend time with. Here are some more pics but all these that I have at work only go up to the second week. I'll get some more recent pics posted later, I have to work on my post count somehow.

    Last edited: Aug 18, 2008
  2. CarlaRiggs

    CarlaRiggs Chillin' With My Peeps

    The chicks look adorable, of course. [​IMG] Very inquisitive, too which is always a good sign!
    Your set up sounds great.... would you happen to have any photographs? May I ask where you are? $7 a dozen eggs is quite a chunk of change. I ought to check out our local Farmer's Market for the going price here. I'm in an urban area, and people have $$$ to spend.
    Good luck to you both!

  3. menageriemama

    menageriemama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2008
    Lake Nebagamon, WI
    [​IMG] !! What adorable babies-I hope you have great luck with them and lots of yummy eggs [​IMG]
  4. cheeptrick

    cheeptrick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2007
    New Hampshire
    STOP STOP STOP....I'm getting the bator ITCH...


  5. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Those are some of the cutest chicks i have ever seen [​IMG]
  6. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Welcome to the forum! And thanks for posting the obligatory pics before we had to ask. [​IMG]
  7. newchickenfamily

    newchickenfamily Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] Love the photos!! Great looking chickaroos!
  8. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    [​IMG] LOVE LOVE LOVE those little fuzzy butts! What a nice assortment and all so very colorful too. Can't wait to see them grow...please share pics as they grow [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  9. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Wow, what a great looking bunch of chicks! And most are white egg layers. You should do well selling them.
    At Costco here in Phoenix yesterday I noticed that they were selling brown "organics"... 18 eggs for $5.60.

    I thought that was a bit steep. Can't wait until we are getting our own next month!
  10. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

    Jan 1, 2008
    [​IMG] and what cute little chicks.

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