Here We Go !!

enola

Crowing
11 Years
Jan 23, 2009
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Ok, it started like this . . . . . .
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A guy at work was going to drown 14 chicks, he didn't have room for them.
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I couldn't stand by and let this happen. So, took them home, raised them until I could pick out 3 little hens. Gave him back the other 11 chicks. Someone stole 2 of them. So, I moved to this house with 1 little OEG hen.
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Nadine (on this site) was nice enough to sell me an Araucana rooster, named Boom-Boom.
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The hen hated him from the moment that he moved in.
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So. . . . I bought 2 hens, a Barred Rock and an Ameraucana.

Then I bought a LG incubator. After a couple of tweaks on the thermostat, I put all of the eggs I had on hand (2) in the incubator.
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Then luvmychicks sent me 6 eggs from her Ameraucana hens, 3 green, 3 blue. I also put them in the incubator.
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Like I said . . . . HERE WE GO !
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I have found the cure for chicken fever . . . . more chicks !
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Today, I picked up 15 eggs at the PO. They are cuckoo marans from bantaman13. They will go in the incubator tonight.
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As I type this, my son is putting together a hatcher for me. It is made out of a frozen steak styrofoam box. I have 2 eggs that will hatch in about 3 days.
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We need to get this hatcher done today so I can put the eggs in it tomorrow.

I noticed on a thread today that TSC was getting their chicks today. I call my local TSC and find out the chicks arrived this morning.
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I tried not to speed as I drove to town.
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I came home with 12 pullet chicks, 4 each of Easter Egger (Ameraucana), White Leghorn and Barred Rock.
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After all, won't 2 little chicks look lonely in the brooder ?
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DuckyBoys

Songster
11 Years
Apr 2, 2008
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6
171
Colorado
I know the feeling - see all those chicken breeds in my siggie down there? All of them are NEW this year! I hve 40 chicks in my barn brooder and duck and goose eggs in the bators.

I got it bad too - must resist feed store - but I have to go in today to buy feed...LOL...I am seriously laughing right now at the thought of me NOT coming home with chicks!
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Reliculous notion!
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enola

Crowing
11 Years
Jan 23, 2009
13,143
1,469
378
Irwin, Pennsylvania (Pittsburg area)
I have a plan . . . . . I am only going to RAISE one breed
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starting next year !!!!

EASTER EGGERS !
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The planning part is to improve the ratio of feed to egg, so that is why I bought the leghorns, I will cross them with my rooster and have hens laying lots of blue eggs....
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The barred rocks are so I can sex the chicks and sell rooster chicks to neighbors who are asking for them for the freezer.
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The Easter Eggers are so I can have green eggs by sometime this fall, since other neighbors are clamoring for colored eggs. I was afraid they would become bored with just blue eggs.
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The cuckoo marans will lay the dark brown eggs that my boyfriend loves .....
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Now I will avoid the chick days by getting my chicken feed from our local co-op since they don't sell chicks
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Now we will all sit back
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and see how this plan works
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enola

Crowing
11 Years
Jan 23, 2009
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378
Irwin, Pennsylvania (Pittsburg area)
Sorry to leave everyone hanging, but, in order to support "my plan" I do have to go to work.
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So, I wasn't here when they came out of the eggs
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But, my soon-to-be DIL was and texted me all eveing while I was working (or supposed to be).
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She has never seen anything like this in her life.
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She was so excited when we candled the first eggs and has been doing a lot of this
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Any way, they have both come out of the egg and both are black.

These 2 eggs came from the Barred Rock and the Ameraucana hens that I bought. So, if they are hens, I can keep them to cross with my Araucana rooster !
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They have not dried off yet, so I can't tell if one of them has a white dot on the head or not.
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