Hello! I've got flock creep -- from 6 to 55+ birds in four years

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by gotta have my peeps!, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. gotta have my peeps!

    gotta have my peeps! Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 5, 2011
    Rappahannock, Virginia
    Thank you to all who make this site such a great resource. I have been stopping by for a couple years now -- I can't remember how I learned about it.

    In '07 we built our first chicken house for six Red Star hens. We bought the girls from a local organic farm -- they sell off their flock each fall after one laying season. The girls roamed our backyard and settled in nicely. I was hooked.

    Over the past four years, our flock size has grown as our goals evolved. The few excess eggs we had at first were not enough for neighborhood demand -- the answer: get more chickens! I bought chicks from another farm that was having predator problems and raised them in a makeshift shelter outside (it was a hot August). I helped out a friend and rescued some of her layers from another dire situation. In 2010, I ordered 35 day-old chicks, some to raise for meat and some for eggs. Plus 15 Naragansett turkey poults! And late in 2010, we rescued six Guineas from a suburban home where dogs were becoming a problem.

    So, here I sit on the bench at my desk with a Hova-Bator incubator next to me with eggs inside it peeping at me: two pips, one knocking on the shell and five other eggs that are taking their time (plus one turkey egg, long story). Outside, nestled or roosting are:
    *35 laying hens: Ameraucana, Black Australorp, Speckled Sussex, White Leghorn, Red Star, and Welsummer
    *1 Welsummer roo
    *1 Welsummer hen with two chicks (hatched last week)
    *1 Speckled Sussex hen with four chicks (hatched around 5/17)
    *6 Naragansett turkey hens
    --2 are jointly rearing three poults (hatched around 5/3)
    --2 are setting on a nest
    --2 are laying
    *1 Naragansett turkey tom (the proud papa)
    *5 Guineas, one male and four laying hens

    Inside, in addition to the incubator next to me, there are two turkey poults in a brooder box and a second incubator full of turkey eggs. (Plus two cats and two dogs.)

    Yep. hooked.
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC.

    Wow you really did come to the right place!
  3. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 5, 2007
  4. eenie114

    eenie114 Completly Hopeless

    [​IMG] Run from the chicken math!!! And by that I mean ''Craigslist is a great place to find more... [​IMG] ''

  5. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    [​IMG] from Indiana!!! [​IMG]
  6. epignosisjs

    epignosisjs Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2011
    Weeki Wachee, Florida
    Oh, no, the dreaded flock creep! I've heard that condition is incurable! LOL
    Sounds like you have a wonderful flock!
    [​IMG] and [​IMG]
    Good luck!
  7. Chickencoop1996

    Chickencoop1996 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2011
    southern nh
  8. gotta have my peeps!

    gotta have my peeps! Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 5, 2011
    Rappahannock, Virginia
    Thank you all for the welcome!
    Craig's list ... hmmmm.
    Incurable flock creep ... let's hope!

    Here's an update on the pips. The second to pip last night is first out of its shell this morning. Our first incubated chick! Looks pretty dark, probably a Black Australorp (mom) / Welsummer (dad) cross.

  9. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    Hello [​IMG] from Hesperia,CA and [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  10. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Congrats on your newest addition & good luck with the rest of the hatch [​IMG]

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