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Chicken Breed Focus - Swedish Flower Hen

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sumi, Mar 16, 2017.

  1. DirtRoadChicks

    DirtRoadChicks Out Of The Brooder Premium Member

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    I just put in two dozen eggs of this breed. I was in between these and 55 flowery hens but due to delays in shipping from Greenfire on the 55 I went ahead and ordered some SFH eggs. This will be my second batch in my first I only got 2 chicks from 15 shipped eggs. I'm hoping the two dozen do better!!!
     
  2. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi, welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Are you running a dry hatch? It is my understanding they are a little harder to hatch than some others.

    I hatched some recently. At 5 weeks I can tell 7 out of 9 are boys! It is nice to be able to tell so young. I have had a surprise late bloomer (like 2 weeks)... I select against late bloomers though. Hopefully the last two will stay girls!
     
  3. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    7 out of 9? [​IMG] Hope the other 2 are girls!
     
  4. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Chillin' With My Peeps

    Me too! Someone is driving 7 hours each way in May to get those 2 hopefully girls... [​IMG]
     
  5. DirtRoadChicks

    DirtRoadChicks Out Of The Brooder Premium Member

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    I do run dry hatches I hatch about 60-100 per week and have been dry hatching for 3 years now!
     
  6. DirtRoadChicks

    DirtRoadChicks Out Of The Brooder Premium Member

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    So you hatched to sell? From your own birds or purchased eggs?
     
  7. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Chillin' With My Peeps

    I don't have hard intentions to sell, it is just working out that way. Though because they are driving so far and even staying at a motel, I am not planning to charge. My market is very small here. So I mostly hatch for myself. I posted pics of my birds, maybe the 3rd post on the thread. They are a lot of fun. But trying to make $ or worrying about it throws me off a bit. It would be nice to cover some of my expenses. But my hobby doesn't cost more than hubbies hobby yet, even though I spend $100/ month on chicken feed, $60/mo on dog feed, and at least $20/mo on hay for the goaties. Never mind fencing and housing and such. [​IMG]

    They were hatched from my own birds. And this was my first ever hatch. [​IMG]
     
  8. DirtRoadChicks

    DirtRoadChicks Out Of The Brooder Premium Member

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    Oh that works :) We make back our feed (the chickens pay for the goats too LOL) our goats I switched to orchard/alfalfa so their hay is costing like $80 a month plus I provide coastal all the time. Our feed is about $200 a month which isn't much considering how many I have (we go to a local feed mill which is nice) I try not to figure in my other costs LOL. My friend keeps a record of everything but I'm horrible about that I say if I know how much they really cost I dunno if I'd want them so much.
     
  9. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes, I keep track to... But it's still cheaper than going to the gym, and a therapist. So the effects it has on my mental and physical health, plus the connection it brought with the kid far out way my expenses! [​IMG]

    That could change if I had major flock issues, I would imagine. [​IMG]

    Plus the dog feed is what we spend on security after being burglarized once! More benefit than those alarm companies that send cops after the fact. [​IMG]

    Oh, and I got a quote to clear brush... was $50/hr per man. [​IMG] Made it easy to decide to get goats to help with the chores. So when you add my time saved on yard work and instead I get watch animal antics which is free entertainment... oh I don't pay for cable TV either... So many ways to justify my expenses! [​IMG]
     
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  10. DirtRoadChicks

    DirtRoadChicks Out Of The Brooder Premium Member

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    LOL I justify mine by I want them HA! My kid hates my chickens because its chores for her lol! She will like a few fluffy babies for about TWO DAYS then she's over it HA!
     

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