Introducing my flock

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by hannahsflock, Jul 13, 2017.

  1. hannahsflock

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    This thread is going to be dedicated to photos of my flocks of chickens, as well as updates as I incubate and raise chicks, and try out new breeds. I will start off with the story of my journey up to this point -

    The very beginning - 2009

    We moved to a small farm in December 2009, and immediately wanted to get a flock of chickens to provide us with fresh eggs. Our first flock included Hylines and Rhode Island Reds. Soon after acquiring our first flock, we bought 2 small incubators and a couple of roosters, and started incubating and raising replacements for our older hens. At this point, I didn't really see our chickens as pets. They weren't tame at all, and roamed freely over our large garden (the dogs eventually learnt that they weren't chew toys, after numerous attempts). I fed them, collected eggs, raised the baby chicks and thoroughly enjoyed it. But I didn't have a passion for chickens yet, and had no idea there were fancy breeds out there.

    First flock of Orpingtons - 2012

    I bought my first flock of Buff Orpingtons at the end of 2012. There was a breeder just down the road from us, and I had heard that they were great egg layers, as well as meat birds. I fully intended to breed them mostly for meat production. That all changed though, when I saw them. They were huge, fluffy, golden chickens who loved cuddles, and while my Rhode Island Reds would scatter when I entered the coop, the Orpingtons would crowd around my feet, making it difficult to walk without tripping over one or two. I couldn't see myself eating them.

    At this point I thought that Buff Orpington was the breed. I had no idea there were other colours out there. In fact, even when I saw an advert for Blue Orpingtons, I told myself that these were 'Blue Buff Orpingtons'. I only realized that this wasn't correct after I brought home my first flock of Blue and Splash in 2014. Now I was starting to form an addiction. The beginning of 2013 started my craziest year of my chicken journey...

    The crazy year - 2013

    I was now in the phase of just starting to explore different breeds, and I started to read anything and everything I came across that was chicken related. I stalked this site for a whole year before I joined, reading entire threads and articles on certain breeds I was interested in, as well as diseases and tips on managing breeding flocks/raising chicks. I bought multiple books, and poured over pages and pages of information, putting into practice what I was learning. And then I began to expand my flock...

    I had now decided to breed chickens. So I kept my Buff Orpington flock, and hatched a few eggs under broody hens. I didn't have an incubator at this stage, as we had given away our 2 original ones, due to them not working properly. Then I bought several other breeds. To name a few, I tried out -

    Old English Game Bantams
    Polish Bantams (frizzle and straight)
    Wyandottes
    Barred Rocks
    Brahmas
    Australorps
    Light Sussex
    Speckled Sussex
    Sebrights
    Sabelpoot Bantams


    I kept a few of the breeds, but most of them I sold, to make space for even more breeds. I had to try as many as possible. This is why I look back on 2013 as my craziest year of raising chickens. I had breeds coming in and out, and I was putting them wherever I could find the space. I needed to start getting organized and decide which breeds I wanted to continue with.

    I bought an incubator in 2015, and since then have been breeding several colours of Orpingtons and Cochin Bantams. I plan on adding Silver Laced Wyandottes and a couple more bantam breeds in the near future.

    I will be posting photos of my current flock as soon as possible. This is a long post, so thank you if you read all the way through. :) I hope you enjoy following my continuing journey.





     
  2. peterlund

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    Got my interest.
    I'll get some popcorn and wait by my monitor til you post.... ;)
     
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  3. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Free Ranging

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    Wonderful post! I'll be looking forward to the pics and following the thread.
     
  4. hannahsflock

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    Thank you both :) I'll be quite busy till tomorrow, so I'll post the first photos then.
     
  5. hannahsflock

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    Time to introduce my flocks of Cochin Bantams. I currently have a flock of Wheaten and a flock of Silver Partridge (both frizzle and straight). I plan on adding a few more colours in the near future. I'm breeding and selling them at the moment, but they are also my pets. Because I can't live without at least a few bantams ;)

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    Oh, and here is a photo of one of my Harlequin cockerels, and frizzle Wheaten pullets I hatched out. These chicks are the very first offspring of my current flock.

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    And some Silver Partridge chicks too -

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    Next post will be about my several colours of Orpingtons. With them, I plan on breeding and selling the chicks at around 3 months old, or when I can be sure on whether they are pullets/cockerels, then pairing them off. I've been selling them up to this point as day olds, but I feel that growing them up a bit more will be more worth my while as it adds to their value.

    So, it's all a work in progress. Super excited about these breeding projects!

    ~Hannah
     
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  6. WildRunningWing

    WildRunningWing Crowing

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    So Fluffy and cute:love!
     

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