New member from Santa Fe, NM

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by emilymaia, Sep 8, 2013.

  1. emilymaia

    emilymaia Hatching

    Aug 23, 2013
    Hi everybody! I'm Emily, from sunny Santa Fe.

    We got our first chickens back in February 2011 - 6 Red Stars from The Feed Bin (local store). They grew up fast and healthy on their 100% organic feed + treats, free-ranging on our 1/5 acre yard in the city, and they produced an amazing amount of big beautiful brown eggs starting at 16-17 weeks - nearly an egg a day from each girl, every day, all year long, for 2 years. Now they are tapering off, entering their retirement years...

    Later that first year, we added several Delaware hens, gorgeous white heritage breed hens that laid enormous, often double-yolk eggs. But we didn't handle the introductions properly, and thus they didn't ever get along well with our Red Stars, so we relocated them out to a friend's place in the countryside a few weeks after they arrived. Oops.

    Last summer, 2012, we added 7 Buff Orpington pullets to our flock, as friends of our had some and loved them, and we wanted some dual-purpose hens. This time, the introductions went fairly smoothly. They are fluffy, gorgeous, healthy girls, very mild-mannered and easy going (well, most of them...) They are decent egg producers of lovely medium-sized brown eggs (2-4 per week per hen), and a bit meatier than the Red Stars, and (we just recently learned) they tend to be very broody.

    One of our Buffs in particular, Mama Blue, sat herself down on some eggs in August (2013) and would not get up, come hell or high water. So we thought, hey, let's give her what she wants! So we ordered 25 day-old chicks (15 Red Stars and 10 Delawares) from Welp Hatchery (highly recommend them). We hoped that one or more of the other Buffs would go broody, too, as they had shown signs of heading that way, and then they could help out with all those babies. Alas, that part of the plan didn't take... Nevertheless, the 25 chicks arrived in early September, hale and hearty and scampering about energetically, and they all took to eating and drinking immediately upon arrival. The night they arrived, in the pitch dark (yay for the new moon!), we took the well-guarded and well-warmed (but infertile) eggs out from under Mama Blue and slipped in, one by one, ALL 25 chicks. She took every last one of them in under her, one by one, expanding her fluffiness more and more with each addition, and proceeded to raise the entire bunch all by herself, beautifully. What a champ! 25 babies!! Can you imagine?

    So, when these adorable little girls get themselves all grown up, we'll have 15 Red Stars for our laying flock, and eventually we'll borrow a Rhode Island Red rooster for a little while to breed with the 10 Delawares to make more Red Stars down the line, so that we won't have to buy chicks from hatcheries anymore, or at least not nearly as often (= more sustainable and affordable, and we like the idea of home grown!) :)
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2013
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  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    Jun 15, 2012
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] Your girl must have been broody of the year - 25 chicks - wow!!
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité

    Jun 28, 2011
    Tipperary, Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
  5. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC! What a great mama!

    Mr MKK FARMS Crowing

    Sep 27, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC - well done by 'Mama Blue'.
  8. FridayYet

    FridayYet Innocent Bystander

    Mar 3, 2011
    The Land of Enchantment
    Welcome to BYC!!

    We are hoping to move to Santa Fe in the next couple of years. Glad to hear your chickens are doing well there.

    Sounds like you have a great mom - can't believe she took all the babies.
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  9. Katrina89

    Katrina89 Chirping

    Jun 9, 2016
    Santa Fe, NM
    So, Santa Fe, NM definitely allows chickens? I read the city ordinances, and they are a little vague on whether you can have chickens on a residential lot in the city... but I was going to follow the advice to "go ahead and get some, but don't surprise your neighbors with it. Tell them before you get chicks, and let them know you won't be getting roos. If you do get a rooster, then get rid of it before it starts crowing." That's what I hope to do...

  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture

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