New Chicken Farmer

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by CliffB, Oct 19, 2014.

  1. CliffB

    CliffB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So i work for a feed store now and this spring when we were selling chicks i became very interested in the whole thing. My daughter is 5 months old right now and i wanted something fun we could get into together as she grows up and we already had two dogs and my wife didn't want a new puppy and a new baby at the same time so we decided to wait for a puppy until baby is 5 or 6. So anyways i converted my old dog pen into a chicken run and was planning to build the coop as money allowed between now and spring so that i would be ready when we started getting chicks again. Well a friend donated all of the materials for free and i didn't want them sitting in my garage all winter so away i went building. Between donated materials, and supplies i had laying around the house i have only spent $100-150 so far on the entire project...not including chicks.

    Now begins the chicken math. I started with the main two breeds i wanted, 4 Turken and 2 Showgirls, then i got a Sizzle, and 2 Barnyard mixes just for the heck of it to see how they developed. Well in the process of setting up the brooder one of the smallest Turkens stuck it's neck through the brooder to get away from me and my dog was standing at the door and at the moment the chick stuck it's neck through the brooder wire my dog grabbed her and pulled her through the cage damaging her windpipe. She lived 18 hours then died. Well even though i bough 9 birds with the knowledge some would die and some would be Roos i still ran out and got a Salmon Faverolle to replace the Turken. About a week later as the chicks got bigger it seems they got too big for my little Showgirl bantams and the little black Showgirl got trampled. Again i expected this but for some reason i went out and got a replacement black Showgirl and picked up an interesting looking Barnyard Mix out of curiosity. Well i felt guilty about only getting one of the 2 Showgirls that the breeder had so the next day i went back and got the other. Unfortunately neither the breeder nor i had change for a 10 so i grabbed a young Brahma to add to the mix. Several days later one of my original Barnyard Mixes was found dead in the coop from unknown causes so somehow i went from 9 birds, to 8 birds, to 9 birds to 8 birds, to 10 birds, to 12 birds and then down to 11 all with the intention of only having 6 tops.

    The current birds are as follows.

    Barred Turken Roo
    Black Turken Hen
    White Turken Hen
    Black Showgirl
    Black Showgirl
    White Showgirl Bantam
    Barnyard Mix
    Barnyard Mix Silkie
    Salmon Faverolle
    Sizzle Roo
    Brahma

    Anyways let the pictures commence.

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  2. CliffB

    CliffB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh and my oldest chick checking on her chick chicks.
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  3. cash money

    cash money Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cool coop and run how do you like your turkens
     
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    cash money Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What one's are the show girls
     
  5. CliffB

    CliffB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    These are the showgirls. The white one is bantam size and the close up black showgirl is the one that was trampled. The very first picture is the new showgirl and the other is identical to her. They seem to be larger than the original bantam sized bird. I love my Turkens i just think the white one is super creepy. I was hoping the Barred Turken would be a hen because i think that's an awesome pattern on these birds but it looks to be ending up a roo.

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    This is the Roo father of my little Turken Roo.
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  6. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Great intro, you jumped right in there with the chicken math, lol! Hope you're having fun with them.

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  7. CliffB

    CliffB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    According to my county i am allowed to have 4 hens and no roosters. Luckily my neighbors like eggs. The Sizzle Roo will be going back to the breeder so she can attempt to breed more Sizzle's in the future. The Turken Roo will be going to a new home once he is fully feathered.
     
  8. hennible

    hennible Overrun With Chickens

    That is a beautiful baby!.... The chicks are cute too :)
     
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  9. CliffB

    CliffB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. She's the chick that i am doing all of this for.
     
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    CliffB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any guesses on what this barnyard mix may be? I have gotten Welsummer as a suggestion but that's it.

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