Newbie in Arkansas

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by MorgansManor, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. MorgansManor

    MorgansManor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi All,
    I have been lurking on this site for some time and have found so much great information. I have made a few post but felt like it was time to introduce myself. I live in Arkansas near Texarkana.


    So the story begans..
    My daughter Morgan (hence the name of our chicken farm Morgan's Manor) decided to buy 4 chicks from her cousin on Easter (1 RIR/Dominique hen, 1 Sexlink hen, 1 RIR hen, and 1 RIR rooster). We lost the rooster to our first hawk when he was about 2 1/2 months old. I enjoyed my hens much so and even more than I could imagine. We built a chicken tractor and the three girls lived it for about 4 months at night and they free range from daylight to dark.


    In May I started researching and wanted to add to the flock so purchased 31 day old chicks from McMurray's Hatchery which included:
    5 Buff Orpingtons Hens, 1 Buff Orpington Rooster, 5 Partridge Rock Hens, 1 Partridge Rock Rooster, 5 Golden Lace Wyandotte Hens,
    3 Columbian Wyandotte Hens, 5 Black Australorp Hens, and then got a Free Rare Exotic Chick which turned out to be an EE Rooster


    My order was scheduled to ship out Sunday July 8, 2012. I called the post office that morning and told them I was expecting chicks then I called the nearest distribution center and also let them know I had live chicks on the way. After no call on Monday or Tuesday I was going nuts...

    Luckily the temperature in the area was cooler than usual for July but I was still worried that when I did get the call I would be picking up a box full of dead chicks.

    On Wednesday morning I called McMurray to let them my chicks had not arrived. They apologized and offered to replace what chicks they could (but some had been the last batch of the season) with the the next hatch. By Wednesday afternoon I was broken hearted and still no word from the post office. Finally, at 6:30 pm I got a call from the distribution center in Shreveport and my chicks had arrived. The first question I had was "Do you hear any chirps" to my surprise the man on the other end of the phone said "yes" they are a noisy bunch.
    I told him I am on my way and he said I could get this on a truck to Texarkana that would arrive at midnight if you can be there to pick them up. So I was at the post office at midnight with water and grow gel in hand to pickup my babies. My husband came along as well as my 5 year old daughter. She sleep most of the trip but was insist about going to the post office with us.


    It was a long night. We ended up with 33 chicks in the box and one DOA. My husband and I spent the next 3 ½ hours making sure the others were drinking, eating and caring for the 3 chicks that had pasty butts. We were able to save one but the other two were too far gone. Oh what an experience!

    So the next morning we moved the chickens to the brooder (which was a converted hog trap I borrowed from my father –in law).

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    Thanks for reading....
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  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, MorgansManor, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our flock! Wow! That is a wild story about how you waited and waited. I also know the agony of waiting for the call from the post office hub...and waiting...and waiting. Glad you only lost one. That seem to be about standard. Love the looks of your brooder - an old hog trap - ingenious! Those also sound like some great breeds you have there! So, I wish you the best of luck and hope to see you on BYC!!
     
  3. MorgansManor

    MorgansManor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. The brooder worked perfectly because the rest of the story is that McMurray ended up sending out the chicks they could replace (16 in total). S since it was the end of the season in Ohio they shipped early so when I called to let them know the chicks survived they were already in the mail. So more waiting... lucky the 16 babies shipped from Texas and arrive in only 1 1/2 days perfectly healthy. Thank goodness the brooder was large because I ended up with 48 baby chicks. It was a crazy and fun experience. I really do like the breeds I picked but the Buffs are the favorite they are just so sweet and friendly which is perfect for my 6 year old. I am in the progress of getting my coop pictures uploaded so more post to come.
    Thanks again
    This is a great site with so much great information.
     
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    So you are up to your ears in chickens!!! I've also dealt with Murray McMurray and have had great success. I have a mixed flock of about 20 birds right now - most of the breeds you mentioned. I love my two buff orps as well - very sweet and quiet. But my gold-laced Wyandotte hen is mean and my silver-laced Wyandotte is skittish. I also love the black Australorps. My rooster is a gold-laced Wyandotte - I call him Chuck - he's a good rooster and pretty good to his girls. Good luck on your poultry adventure - hope you have a market for all the eggs you'll be getting come spring!!
     
  5. MorgansManor

    MorgansManor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I forgot to tell you I love the picture of your dog. Yes I was worried about the eggs that will be coming but the word has spreaded so fast that until my other girls start laying I am behind in orders which is a blessing! Out of my flock so far I would not just overly impressed with the wyandottes they are so beautiful to look at but not nearly as friendly. It might just be my hens but the partridge rocks are kinda lazy and not as smart as the other girls. I blame it on my husband he wanted the partridge rocks but so far none of my hens are mean but we handled all of them as chicks.
    It is so nice to chat with "other chicken people".
     
  6. dawg53

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  7. MorgansManor

    MorgansManor Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Wow, drama and extra chicks! Nice mix of breeds you got though [​IMG]
     
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  10. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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