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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by DaveNay, Jan 26, 2016.

  1. DaveNay

    DaveNay Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 26, 2016
    Northern Illinois
    So the wife and I have talked about chicks for a couple years now and finally this morning I quit my hemming and hawing and placed my order with Murray McMurray!

    6 female Black Australorp
    3 male BA

    5 female Buff Orpington
    3 male BO

    5 female Red Star
    3 male RS

    1 free "exotic" chick.

    Delivery is the week of Feb 29th, so we should have roosters in the freezer by June and hens laying by Aug.

    Now that I know the chicks will be arriving the first week of March, it gives me the motivation to convert one of the horse stalls to a coop and build a run.

    Wish us luck.
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC, and good luck with your chicks. That's a lot of male chicks - planning on raising some roasters?
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. You're getting some great breeds and I'm assuming by your freezer comment that you're not planning on keeping all those roosters with your hens. If so you've ordered way too many roosters. The recommend ratio of roosters to hens is 1 rooster for every 10 hens. As they mature and their hormones kick in, too many roosters will become very hard physically on your hens, over-breeding them, biting and plucking the feathers from their necks and backs, battering them, causing layoffs in their lay rates, and potentially seriously injuring them. The only reason you really need a rooster is to fertilize eggs for hatching and 1 rooster can easily handle 10-15 hens in that regard. If you haven't done so already, definitely check out our Learning Center at https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center. There is lots of useful information there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
  4. DaveNay

    DaveNay Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 26, 2016
    Northern Illinois
    Yes. We really only want 10-12 hens for eggs, but since we had to order 25 for shipping at this time of year, we added a few spare hens and the rest roosters that will be processed when appropriate.
  5. silver1polish

    silver1polish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2014
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG]
  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Sounds like a good plan. :eek:)
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Glad you joined the Backyard chickens flock
  9. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft! Premium Member

    :frow Hello again. Sounds like a good plan.

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