I finally have Chickens!!!

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by BlueCamas, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. BlueCamas

    BlueCamas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 25, 2011
    Milwaukie, Oregon
    I went to the NW Poultry Show IN Stevenson, WA today and picked up these little guys. They are Blue and Black Plymouth Rock Bantams. They are all 5-6 months old and the pullets have started laying (though I have not gotten an eggs yet). The cockerel has a rusty little crow that needs a lot of work [​IMG] They were hand raised but are reasonably nervous from coming to a stressful show to a new environment.

    These are my first chickens and I am blown away by how gorgeous they are! I was seriously shaking from excitement on the drive home from the fair. This trio should produce 50% black and 50% blue.
    I was prepared for chicks not full grown chickens so we had to run to Coastal for feed and pine shavings. I had to make a temporary roost (which they are not using [​IMG] ) They gobbled some food and had some water and nesting in the corners of the coop, again with the [​IMG]

    I do have a few questions. We got them Purina Layer Pellets, is that a good quality food? This may sound dumb, but it's ok for a roo to eat layer, right? Also, what seems to be a chickens fav handout treat. I want to tame them down a little by giving them treat, but honestly I don't know what to give them.
    How soon do eggs become fertilized? I think he is around 5-7 months.

    Anyway, here are the new crew. Left to right, Vera, Violet, and Zebadiah (Zeb or Zebbie for short [​IMG] )
    Here is their current digs. I can nearly stand up in it and I'm 5'9'' so it's pretty big. Lots of room for more chickies [​IMG]

    -And that red thing under Zeb is a tomato that I attempted and failed to use to win them over [​IMG]
  2. ChickenPeep

    ChickenPeep Faith & Feathers

    May 1, 2011
    Olathe, Kansas
    They are so pretty!! Yes, roos can eat layer food. I have had chickens since May and i still donn't have a coop!! [​IMG]
  3. BlueCamas

    BlueCamas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 25, 2011
    Milwaukie, Oregon
    Thanks [​IMG]
    Yeesh! Where do you keep them!
  4. CC1892

    CC1892 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 13, 2011
    East Coast
    Congratulations! They are a beautiful buy!
    Give them time to adjust, they will learn to love tomatoes, and your kitchen waste
    will be next to nothing.

    Have fun, and enjoys your new birds.
  5. specklesmom

    specklesmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2009
    SOOOOOO beautiful!!! Congratulations!
  6. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Tomato? I figured you had a marans or a cherry egger!

    Congrats on the chickens and their digs!
  7. karlamaria

    karlamaria Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 30, 2011
    Western montana
    Very nice! And if you cut up the tomato they will eat it lol. At least mine will, they love them cut up
  8. farmdude

    farmdude Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 20, 2009
    NE Wisconsin
    Beautiful birds and beautiful coop. If your roo is breeding the hens, their eggs are probably fertile. If not, they will be soon. I'm doubting that you'll get 50% black and 50% blue. I'm pretty sure you'll get some splash in their as well. My chickens love scratch grains, mean worms and bird seed for treats. Their favorite is tomatoes, but they like them cut open. The skin is hard for them to break. Congratualtions on your new chicken family.
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2011
  9. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

    Jan 27, 2009
  10. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

    Jan 26, 2010
    Texas, Panhandle
    [​IMG] Congratulations! [​IMG]

    They're gorgeous birds! Yes, your rooster can eat what ever your hens eat. Purina Layer Pellets are a good feed brand to feed your birdies. Enjoy them birds now! [​IMG]


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