Here We Go !!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by enola, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. Ok, it started like this . . . . . . [​IMG]

    A guy at work was going to drown 14 chicks, he didn't have room for them. [​IMG] 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. [​IMG]

    Nadine (on this site) was nice enough to sell me an Araucana rooster, named Boom-Boom. [​IMG] The hen hated him from the moment that he moved in. [​IMG]

    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. [​IMG]

    Then luvmychicks sent me 6 eggs from her Ameraucana hens, 3 green, 3 blue. I also put them in the incubator. [​IMG]

    Like I said . . . . HERE WE GO ! [​IMG] I have found the cure for chicken fever . . . . more chicks ! [​IMG]

    Today, I picked up 15 eggs at the PO. They are cuckoo marans from bantaman13. They will go in the incubator tonight. [​IMG]

    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. [​IMG] [​IMG] 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. [​IMG] I tried not to speed as I drove to town. [​IMG]

    I came home with 12 pullet chicks, 4 each of Easter Egger (Ameraucana), White Leghorn and Barred Rock. [​IMG]

    [​IMG] After all, won't 2 little chicks look lonely in the brooder ? [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2009
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Yup. You've got it bad. Resistance was futile, you have been assimilated.

    Welcome to the club.
  3. DuckyBoys

    DuckyBoys Songster

    Apr 2, 2008
    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! [​IMG]

    Reliculous notion! [​IMG]
  4. I have a plan . . . . . I am only going to RAISE one breed [​IMG] starting next year !!!!


    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.... [​IMG]

    The barred rocks are so I can sex the chicks and sell rooster chicks to neighbors who are asking for them for the freezer. [​IMG]

    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. [​IMG] [​IMG]

    The cuckoo marans will lay the dark brown eggs that my boyfriend loves ..... [​IMG]

    Now I will avoid the chick days by getting my chicken feed from our local co-op since they don't sell chicks [​IMG]

    Now we will all sit back [​IMG] and see how this plan works [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2009
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I hope your birds from TSC turn out to be pullets. A co-worker of mine bought some pullets from TSC and they ALL turned out to be roosters.
  6. Well I know that at least the Barred Rocks are pullets, I could tell by the spot on their heads.

  7. [​IMG] My first eggs are hatching ! [​IMG] Boy we got the hatcher figured out just in time ! [​IMG]

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  8. toyzbox

    toyzbox Songster

    Jan 27, 2009
    Crestview, Fl
    [​IMG] WHAT?????? WAIT!!!!!!! What's going on? Are they O.K.????
    Ya can't just leave me hangin' like that. [​IMG]
  9. Quote:Yeah, that's my plan too! I won't have to publicly admit that they are mutts because they will be ee's.
  10. Sorry to leave everyone hanging, but, in order to support "my plan" I do have to go to work. [​IMG]

    So, I wasn't here when they came out of the eggs [​IMG]

    But, my soon-to-be DIL was and texted me all eveing while I was working (or supposed to be). [​IMG] She has never seen anything like this in her life. [​IMG]

    She was so excited when we candled the first eggs and has been doing a lot of this [​IMG]

    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 ! [​IMG]

    They have not dried off yet, so I can't tell if one of them has a white dot on the head or not. [​IMG]

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