Got 6 layers and a Rooster :) and my Chicken Plan

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Flawedatdesign, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. Flawedatdesign

    Flawedatdesign Chirping

    May 18, 2011
    Dixon Missouri
    Okay decided on how I was going to approach my chicken craze lol.

    Bought 6 mixed breed hens and had to take the rooster with them but that works if I want them to set eggs right.

    Saw the egg size they lay and they looked good medium to large so I'm happy there. Just got to get the nesting area finished tomorrow.

    Okay so I have decided my chicken craze is going to go like this lol.

    1. We wanted eggs now so the 6 mixed hens give me that.

    2. I prefer to have pure breed chickens but an egg is an egg when it's scrambled with toast lol.

    3. I have chicks that are pure bred so I can raise those untill next year when they will be old enough to lay.

    4. Any thing purchased will be juvi or chick size in a pure breed and kept till they are old enough to lay/sit.

    5. As they will all be in separate pens when the time comes I can sell/ give away all my mixed hens and rooster.

    6, Bad thing is it always looks better on paper [​IMG]

    Any thoughts?
  2. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Crowing

    Sep 25, 2010
    Kansas City
    Congrats on your new hens. I like mixed breeds, think they are interesting and you never know what'll hatch out. [​IMG]
  3. Flawedatdesign

    Flawedatdesign Chirping

    May 18, 2011
    Dixon Missouri
    Yeah some very pretty hens once I get off work tomorrow I'll get some pics. Now the search for a RIR roo and a New Hampshire Red roo
  4. stuckinthecity

    stuckinthecity Crowing

    Apr 25, 2009
    Congrats! This kind of reminds me of my flock... I have 10 hens + 1 roo that I have to get rid of this fall! Anyway, all of mine are mixed breeds and I love it. I wanted pure RIRs and Barred rocks, but I've had so much fun enjoying my mixed colors and different comb types in my flock.
  5. Flawedatdesign

    Flawedatdesign Chirping

    May 18, 2011
    Dixon Missouri
    Yeah it was tough to pick out the rooster. The lady had to make sure I didn't have dinner plans for him she sold some to a guy a week ago and he made them all dinner. I picked out the biggest of the 3 and I'm a sucker for big birds.

    Looking forward to see if these draw back my AWOL birds.
  6. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    oh the theories: hahaha

    I read once here, that one year you should get hens that lay brown eggs, and then the next year, the new pullets should be ones that lay white eggs, and the third year, the ones that lay green eggs. This way you can tell when your older chickens start to lay less.

    Just another thought to confuse your plan.

    I love the is the follow through that I struggle with, this year, went with eye candy, next year, I am going to follow the plan. Mrsk

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