Just Ordered Chicks!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by doeseatoats, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. doeseatoats

    doeseatoats New Egg

    Feb 1, 2013
    Northern California
    Hello everyone!

    I'm Jordan, 25 year mom to a 6 year old daughter (homeschooled) and 17 month old son. I have been waiting to get chicks since I was 7 or 8 and just ordered my first chicks! I am so excited to start my homesteading dreams.

    We are expecting 2 Araucanas, 2 Australorps, 2 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Columbian Wyandottes, one Partridge Cochin hen and one Partridge Cochin Roo. (Fingers crossed! I know what we're expecting can be a lot different than what actually arrives.) We are going in on an order with a friend, so I'm a little nervous about being able to pick our chicks out of the mix. Considering just upping our order to 25 and getting them ourselves, but that seems like an awful lot to start with, and I don't think my husband would appreciate it overmuch. We haven't built a coop yet. If we order with our friend they'll be here March 18th, if we order ourselves we'll get them a month earlier.

    Too excited!!
  2. missnu01

    missnu01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 16, 2012
    That is exciting...
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, doeseatoats, and [​IMG]! Great to have you aboard. Yeah, I know what you mean about not being able to pick yours out of the batch - day old chicks can look a lot alike. Some of the ones you mentioned will be easy to recognize - others, not so much. I wouldn't order more than you can handle. Is there a way the hatchery you are ordering from can mark then for you? Good luck to you!
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Good luck with your chicks and enjoy!
  5. Dnetschke

    Dnetschke Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 19, 2012
    Berthoud, CO
    [​IMG] From Colorado!
  6. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    I'm so envious of those of you who get to order chicks! I ordered in the fall and my coops are full right now so no babies for me this spring.

    If you wanted to place your own order for a smaller number of chicks you could order from someplace like My Pet Chicken that does small orders. Their chicks come from Meyer Hatchery and I usually order 8 to 10 at a time, never had one DOA yet. I think you might have a hard time trying to figure out who is who amongst 25 chicks.
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. Start planning and constructing your coop. Chicks grow rapidly.
  8. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!!!
    Glad you joined us!!
  10. doeseatoats

    doeseatoats New Egg

    Feb 1, 2013
    Northern California
    Thank you so much, everyone!! I think we have decided to go ahead with the 25. We live in Northern California on six acres, which we rent. We don't have a good close outbuilding to brood them in, or a garage, but I think we'll keep them inside a few weeks and then move them out to the front porch, which we'll enclose in cardboard and keep covered. I talked to our local feed store and they said they would buy extra pullets from us, or that we would be able to sell them easily on Craigslist in this area. We also are thinking we may lose some to predators - we have coyotes, hawks, skunks and a bobcat that we've seen. We're diligently researching and taking steps to help keep our flock safe, but we want them to free range while we're home. We want the chickens to help keep the tick population down a bit, so we want them to be able to free range during the day.

    We're in the planning stages of the coop. Planning for 25 is so different than 10! We want to do it as safely and cheaply as possible. I've been scouring the coop section here. Does anyone have any favorites for big flocks?

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