beginners luck, beginners story

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by RockyToggRanch, Jun 7, 2008.

  1. RockyToggRanch

    RockyToggRanch Songster

    May 22, 2008
    Upstate NY
    Hi, I am a true beginner at this chicken thing. I wanted a rooster to hang out with my horses and help with bug control. I live in the Tug hill region of NY and get lots of snow. 12 feet in February is common. I need hardy animals.
    I bought a sumatra rooster and was convinced that he needed a hen to keep him company. They made it through the winter just fine and my husband (who wasn't fond of the whole chickenthing at the start) said "I think we need a few more." Well let me tell you.. that's all it took. I was on a do or die mission to find another few sumatra hens. I found a farm 2 hours away that would sell me 12 chicks for $75.
    I paid with PayPal and waited three weeks. Drove two hours to be told that something had eaten them the night before.
    I continued my search...meanwhile my sumatra hen is laying an egg every other day but showing no interest in setting. I happened across an ad for 5 pullets of different breeds. I grabbed them up and fell in love with them.(one is a brahma roo). As soon as I released them sumatra hen started setting. She had 14 eggs. Some of them were more than 3 weeks old. Her rooster was preoccupied with his new girls and left her alone. Two days ago, she hatched 14 little puffballs. I still can't believe it. They all seem healthy. There are 2 that seem to have thin feathers / fur on thier backs.
    So here I am after wanting A ROOSTER to sit on the fence and look pretty, to having 21 chickens 8 mos. later..???
    Luckily..I love eggs and am an avid gardener with never enough fertilizer. And I love my darn chickens!
  2. Coop-a-kick

    Coop-a-kick In the Brooder

    Jun 2, 2008
    Altamonte Springs, FL
    Sorry about the paypal mess. Luckily it seems like everything worked out okay! Good luck with all the little peeps! [​IMG]
  3. marie_martin

    marie_martin Songster

    Feb 21, 2007
    Grenada, MS
    That is great news. I think sometimes they do better if we just trust them to their own business? After all it has been done in nature for a long time. Can't wait to see pictures.

  4. suenrob

    suenrob Songster

    Jan 22, 2008
    Ft. Myers, FL
    [​IMG] Loved your story! I too started with "just a couple" Now I can't even count them!!!!!
  5. Linda in San Diego

    Linda in San Diego Songster

    May 11, 2008
    San Diego
    Love it! Thanks for sharing. DH and I are thinking about 2 ducks - no more than that, what in the world do duck eggs taste like, a couple of meat birds to "practice" with and some game birds to, umm, decorate the place? LOL they are as addicting as parrots and we alredy breed those - 11 hand fed lovelies behind me right now!
  6. BantyHugger

    BantyHugger Songster

    May 23, 2008
    Great story! I just began and my ducks hatched 12 this year. FYI duck eggs taste like chicken except the yolks are bigger and you can't hard boil them.
  7. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    Hi and Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Great story, thanks for sharing and welcome to the madness...chicken madness/addiction, that is! [​IMG]


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