Getting out of the silkie stuff...

Tanichca

Sparkle Magnet
10 Years
May 6, 2009
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Vail, Arizona
Well, my family is going to be taking a beating money-wise this year, so I am stopping my silkie project and getting some layers (eggs for us to eat, and maybe to sell as well.) I'm keeping Chip and Jumbo for showmanship, and my little brother's dutch, but everything else is going so that I can just get some good layers.
Ah well, maybe next year I can try again.
 

eenie114

Completly Hopeless
10 Years
Dec 6, 2009
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45
341
Southwestern Washington State
Aw, I'm sorry, Tani! I know how much you love those birds.
I wish I were in your area. I'd long-term babysit them for you. Did that with a friend's sheep and dog once.
Anyway, I reccomend RIRs or BOs for good production.

Stupid economy. I feel your pain.
 

Elite Silkies

Crowing
10 Years
Jun 17, 2009
5,410
49
251
Oklahoma
My Coop
I'm sorry to hear that. It's been a bad year, and I have certainly felt it, but just can't bring myself to get rid of my guys. I do love the Orps in any color. My favorite is the Lemon Cuckoo Orps.
 

gambler

In the Brooder
9 Years
Sep 20, 2010
65
1
29
western Pa
Quote:The RIR's are very costly to keep. I have 12 of them and they eat $50 worth of food a month. I think Tani would be better off with a few leghorns unless the chickens were for meat also.
 

chubbydog811

Songster
11 Years
Dec 24, 2008
397
0
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New Hampshire
Sorry to hear! I've been cutting back on my flock too. I've already sold 20 birds, I still have to pick at least 5-10 more before I am back to a good number. The last few are always the hardest.
I would recommend Leghorns though - they are they best layers, and eat less than most layers. A little more flightly, but definitely more cost efficient than most!
 

Tanichca

Sparkle Magnet
10 Years
May 6, 2009
9,258
100
326
Vail, Arizona
I have one white leghorn, and two Australorps. I am considering getting BO and maybe Wyandotte? If the feed store has any brown leghorns, I would reallly like some of those. Mahogany leghorns
are just too rare
 

ChikeeMomma

Songster
10 Years
Mar 29, 2009
1,453
5
161
Mid Michigan
Quote:The RIR's are very costly to keep. I have 12 of them and they eat $50 worth of food a month. I think Tani would be better off with a few leghorns unless the chickens were for meat also.

Wow!!
How much is a bag of feed for you? I buy my layer mash at the local grain elevator. I've got 24 chickens (one roo and four are young -- not laying yet) and I pay $10.95 for 50lbs of layer mash right now. It has gone up quite a bit. It used to be $7.95/bag. I go through three and a half bags a month for 24 chickens. Mine do free range in the evening, though. Mine are a variety -- EEs, BOs, BAs, RIRs, NHRs, BRs, SLWs, Isa Browns, and a couple Dixie Rainbow meatie hens that I'd held back and had for three years.

Tani -- So sorry! I hope life gets better.
 

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