Lost my flock

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jmemom, May 13, 2010.

  1. jmemom

    jmemom Out Of The Brooder

    May 13, 2010
    Hi everyone,

    I've lurked here for a while, and I appreciate all the great info you have to offer. I raised 13 chicks, and just this week they were feathered out and ready to go to the chicken coop. Well, day 3 my lab got into the coop and ran off every one of them. (I don't think he ate any, but we are surrounded by cornfields here and they are gone without a trace--not a feather to be seen anywhere.) So I've been upset about the loss and all the time and effort I had put into them. [​IMG] Anyway... I had 3 Australorps, 3 Barred Rocks, 3 Golden Comets and 4 Easter Eggers. I liked all of them very well, but especially the GCs and the BRs.

    Now I'm thinking of getting a couple of hens and maybe a rooster for the coop (after DH puts more work into it!), then introducing more chicks later in hopes that the hens might fend off smaller predators. I need help with the "getting more chicks" part. I got these chicks at a local trade day show, and there's not another one of those for a month. Plus, I have no idea how many chicks will be at the next one. So my choices are:

    1.) Get on craigslist. There are chicks listed for $2.50 including the breeds I already had and liked. I'm afraid, though, that I will be tricked into getting straight runs being sold as pullets.

    2.) Feed mill. They have a few black sex links and NH Reds which I know nothing about, but am willing to try if you all think they are good breeds and comparable to what I had.

    3.) Order from Cackle, but I'd have to get 5 of each breed so I could get GC, BR, and EE, but I'd have 15 instead of 13 (which, I guess, isn't all that bad--although, I'll also have 3ish more chickens on top of that...), and I'd have to also pay shipping for these.

    I'd love to hear your opinions and advice on this! Thanks,

  2. SunnyDawn

    SunnyDawn Sun Lovin' Lizard

    Sep 12, 2009
    Nor Cal
    So sorry for your loss! I'd just pick them up at the feed store. I've had good luck with black sex links and I would think the NHRs would be similar to the Golden Comets. I've never had NH Reds but I've heard they are good layers.

    Good luck!
  3. cuckoo_orpington13

    cuckoo_orpington13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm sorry for your loss. [​IMG]

    Getting a rooster and two hens would be great for raising more baby chicks. [​IMG]

    If your prefer all pullets, I would choose the hatchery because their accuracy is higher.

    I got mine from the feed store and I ended up with a roo. I hope everything works out!
  4. SkyWarrior

    SkyWarrior Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    Wilds of Montana

    Sorry to hear about your loss. What a bummer! [​IMG]

    I would recommend sex-links if you must have pullets. Black sex-links have a splash of white on top of their head to indicate a roo. Pullets are black and red with no white on head. Golden sex links have red and the males are nearly white. You're darn near guaranteed a pullet with them.

    Ordering from the hatchery is probably safer as well. 15 isn't that many. Good luck!
    Last edited: May 13, 2010
  5. jojo@rolling acres farm

    [email protected] acres farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2009
    That is a real bummer...so sorry about the loss of your chicks. Hope things go well with your replacements.

    Welcome to BYC - you'll like it here.
  6. janieschicks

    janieschicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2009
    berkeley springs
    I'm really sorry you lost your babies. Don't forget about www.mthealthy.com nursery. I have had 2 separate orders from them, birds are very healthy, I've never lost one. They are packed very well, even come with a heating pad when colder weather is here. I got Sexlinks, golden comets from them and also easter eggers. 15 chick min, but they always send an extra one. maybe you can find a friend to split the order with you or even a small feed store?
  7. Boo-Boo's Mama

    Boo-Boo's Mama Chillin' With My Peeps


    So sorry for your loss. [​IMG]

    I hope you are able to find more chicks so you can continue with this new adventure. [​IMG]
  8. BeccaOH

    BeccaOH Morning Gem Farm

    Oct 3, 2008
    east central Ohio
    Maybe if it was just today, some will find their way back. [​IMG]

    Where are you located? I've got several feathered out chicks for sale. Many that I know are pullets.

    Maybe post a "Wanted" ad here on the forum with your location. Maybe you can get some older chickens without having to start from scratch.
  9. jmemom

    jmemom Out Of The Brooder

    May 13, 2010
    Thanks everyone! I was kind of shell shocked at first, but I guess disappointments like these are just part of farming (which is my grand intent). So I'm not going to let myself be discouraged, I'm ready to give it another go! After mulling this over, I think I am going to go with a hatchery. And you all are right, 15 is not that many... really not much difference from what I had in the first place. It's been hard to think this through with logic instead of emotion, but I'm getting there! [​IMG]

    I'm in SW Ohio, FWIW.
  10. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    I have a NHR and she is absolutely wonderful. She is head hen and a sweet girl... good luck with your new ones

    I am so sorry about the loss of your babies.

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