Hello all! We became chick parents on March 17th of this year, and haven’t looked back! We absolutely LOVE our birds!
We are in Georgia, on our little farm, raising 6 kids, and now 16 chickens, plus 3 dogs, a set of parakeets, and 2 cats! We hope to do goats in the near future, and would love to get a Jerusalem Donkey at some point! Anyway, we are just so happy with our chicks!
We kind of have a strange collection of birds though…..we didn’t get them all at once.
CHICKEN MATH IS SO REAL!!!
We started out with 2 - our Easter Egger/ Americana = Dotti
And our first Buff Orphington = Sunflower
Then, a few weeks later, decided we needed to get 6 more, but came away with 10 more.
We left with 6 more Buff Orphingtons and 4 Black Australorps.
Then we adopted 2 Dominique/Bantam mixes from friends = they are 1 year old. Lucy & Ethal.
They are sweet but have some spice to them too. They are the only 2 laying right now.
Then a couple more weeks later, and we had to get 3 Barred Rocks….you know, just because they are adorable and SO friendly. We LOVE our Baby Barred Rocks!! We love them all! My extended family think I’m crazy. They call me the crazy chicken lady now. Haha I don’t care, I’m in love with my chicks!
Anyway….as with anything and especially farming skills, we are learning as we go.
The biggest challenge we are facing right now, is HOW TO MERGE OUR VARIOUS MINI FLOCKS TOGETHER, without there being any bullying….or if there is, how long should we tolerate that and allow for adjustment time?
Also - I feel like there might be a rooster or 2 hiding among my hens, and I have no idea how to be sure of that at this point.
Our LORPS are about 12 weeks old.
Our Buffs are the same age approximately.
Our Americana - is going to be 16 weeks old this Thursday.
Her sister, Sunflower, sadly was murdered last week by a dog (not ours) that pushed its way into the run area (was about a 100 pound dog) and killed our sweet sweet girl right in front of my 10 year old daughter. It was such a harsh reality check for my girl, and living on a farm….our hearts are healing. But still, we tear up now and again and probably always will when we remember her.
Like we know death is highly probable in the chicken world, with everything wanting to eat them.
But, it was how it happened, so tragic, so sudden, and by a dog we hardly knew….and it was one of our first 2 girls.
Anyway…..if anyone has any suggestions that could be helpful for how to best merge these mini flocks together? We would appreciate any helpful tips!
Btw - we have tried the “just put in the coop at night” and they all wake up together method.
That worked with Honey (a Buff) who has become very close to Dotti (our Americana who lost Sunflower) it was like she knew what her job was….and that was to come along and help heal Dotti’s loss. Animals are truly amazing!
Anyway, we tried doing this same method with our lorps, but it didn’t go over very well.
So we have separated them for now. Trying to figure out our next step. Thanks for any help!
Georgia googly eyed mommy hen here….