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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by FerAl_Farmers, Apr 16, 2011.

  1. FerAl_Farmers

    FerAl_Farmers Hatching

    Apr 4, 2011
    Updating- after the urban chickens talk at the Philadelphia Flower Show in February, we decided to have a coupla chickens in a chicken tractor in suburbia.
    We were promised two red chickens, Rhode Island Red sexlinks, about 6 weeks ago from Skippack Creek Farm, but Joe sent us a message a few days ago that he had "miscalculated", and they would not be ready for another two months. So on Wednesday I started looking around for a different source for two chickens old enough to lay eggs. I was lucky to find Paul Shirk at Narvon (referred to by Tom Fetterman - thanks Tom !) has 4000 red sexlink 16 week pullets coming this week from Moyers at Quakertown and we could get two for $15 each ( yikes !! ) Paul also sells 100 for about $6.50 each. Paul told me that lots of people are interested in having a few chickens in SE PA. Oh, really ? [​IMG]
    We were further lucky. We get cheese from an Amish farmer near Lancaster, and they sell eggs, so maybe he would also sell a few chickens. So lucky. He sold us two American Auraucana hens that started laying in January, for $6 each, which is the lowest price anywhere for a chicken older than newly hatched, which are normally $3. And just in time for some light blue Easter eggs. According to Mr. & Mrs. Stolzfus, they do sell a few chickens, but (my words) that is not what they are about. They told us that "people from New York" pay them $6/dozen for the blue eggs.
    BTW, Happy Farms at Kintnersville will have Barred Rocks, which we preferred, in August, -but we couldn't wait that long !
    We have lots of volunteer kale, and the birds are nuts about it. So far, they didn't eat any of the Jerusalem artichokes. But it's their first day here. They better learn to like JA- we planted a bunch, just for the birds.

    Fer & Al (aka FerAl)
    Two Amerauraucanas- white and decorated black

  2. BayouPoules

    BayouPoules Songster

    wow! That's a mouthful of an intro![​IMG]
    Well,. glad you joined and welcome from Louisiana [​IMG]
  3. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. [​IMG]
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  5. FerAl_Farmers

    FerAl_Farmers Hatching

    Apr 4, 2011
    That wasn't our intro. Maybe not proper to have posted again under New Member Intro, but somehow it seemed appropriate.
    More news ! I found the first egg just a few minutes ago still warm from the bird !
    I don't know which bird it came from, but if I find another today, I'll conclude that we have two of 'em layin', and that will be a big wahoo.
    BTW, I wondered about feeding them poppy leaves and found a message here via googling indicating chickens aren't attracted to poppies. Also concluding it is not toxic to them. We have poppies that would like to take over the veggie garden here, as they did a portion of my mom's garden. Imagine 12 feet square, nothing but poppies.
    I'll be glad to get in 10 messages, so I can add info to our profile, including signature I suppose.

    two Amerauraucanas, one dark, one pure white.
  6. Hillbilly Hen

    Hillbilly Hen Crowing

    Apr 11, 2009
    Newaygo Michigan
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from west Michigan!
  7. white01

    white01 Brady Brook Poultry

    May 11, 2010
    West Enfield,Maine
    [​IMG] [​IMG] from Maine

  8. MSDeb

    MSDeb Songster

    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join.
  9. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama.
  10. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

    Jul 18, 2010
    Central Florida
    Lucky you for getting blue eggs!

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