Getting Back Into Chickens from Northern California! :)

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Maligator, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. Maligator

    Maligator Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2012
    Northern California
    Hello everyone!

    I have had/raised chickens since I was very little. We took in all sorts of strays and had all types until our flock was picked off, one by one, by a pair of hatchling hawks one spring. :( After the sadness of losing our entire flock, I kind of fell out of chicken keeping but have always missed it. It has been around 5-6 years since I last had them and am now fixing up a new, hawk-proof run for them to keep them safe while we are not home to watch them.

    I am interested in Polish chickens, as our previous birds were from out local feed store. They had a "pick 12" deal one year and I spotted these funny little chicks in the massive bin that stuck out from the rest. At first I thought it was a genetic deformity and they would need special attention, lol! At the time I was a teenager and had no idea what a Polish chicken was. :p They grew into my favorite two birds and now I am convinced that I want an entire flock of them! I loved their friendly nature, gave them silly names, and trimmed their crests so they could see better.

    Since they are a bit more rare, my neighbor told me to look online and purchase from a hatchery. She told me Ideal but some of the colors I want are not available at the time she is placing her order. I then found McMurray Hatchery. Are they good/bad? Why? I wasn't intending on purchasing 25 (their mim order for warmth) but now I'm reconsidering.

    Their buff laced, golden, white, and silver laced are all supposed to be standard size while their white crested blacks are bantam size. I could possibly grab more of the bantam size to fill the order (I had originally wanted about 10-15). Any local breeders on here? I might consider buying them in person over shipping just because of the stress on the little guys. I would love a variety of colors, preferably 2-3 of each variety.

    I live on a rural 5 acres and my current livestock are just a bunch of fat, sassy goats and my 3 dogs (+1 rescue). I planned to give them a large run + a huge shed and then free range while I am home. I am not looking for show quality but the thought intrigues me! I wouldn't mind 1-2 roosters but am specifically looking for hens. I plan to feed organically with treats of fruit/veg I don't use from my primal lifestyle choice. We used to save the wilted lettuce, spinach, bruised fruits, and other fun bits to give to our previous chickens and I was hoping to do the same for these guys. :)

    If anyone has any advice or help, that would be great!
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Welcome to BYC and GO FOR IT!!

    I've got six White Crested Black Polish eggs in one of my incubators right now. Large fowl. I purchased these hatching eggs from a BYC member.

    My flock is around 50 chickens (and 33 chicks recently hatched in incubators) and they're ALL different types of chickens. Bantam, standard, BIG chickens, feather legged, clean legged, all different breeds and mixes of breeds. Any Polish chicks which hatch will be my first real frou-frou chickens (but I also have some silkie eggs incubating).

    Enjoy all the forums in BYC - and be forewarned, BYC and chickens are both addictive.
  3. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us. You might try posting what you're looking for on your state's thread in the Where am I! Where are you? section. Hope you can find the type of Polish chicks you're looking for. I have White Crested Black and White Crested Blue Polish and they're some of my favorites, too [​IMG]
  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
  5. S&N Livestock

    S&N Livestock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2009
    southern ohio
    [​IMG] from Ohio
  6. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] [​IMG] from Washington State glad you joined us !
  7. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from S. Florida! So glad you joined us!
  8. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  9. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
  10. greymane

    greymane Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2011
    Snyder County, PA

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