Ordering chicks, but what should I get?!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Bebop, Aug 13, 2007.

  1. Bebop

    Bebop Songster

    Oh man, I'm so confused..
    I can have up to 6 chickens here in my city..and I don't know which ones to choose!!
    I'm thinking of getting these ones:

    Welsummer - love the dark eggs!
    Australorp - love their color!
    Buff Orpington - heard these ones are nice!
    Salmon Favorelle - these look so cool!

    Yeah, I know only 4! I know I want 2 Welsummers (twice as many cool eggs!), but what combination would YOU get the rest in?

    P.S. I seriously can't even get more than that, so please don't talk me into it! PLEASE!! [​IMG]
  2. Chelly

    Chelly Cooped Up

    May 11, 2007
    Some of those may not be available right now - I tried to order some Welsummers - and couldn't get them - I ordered from Ideal.
  3. Bebop

    Bebop Songster

    okay, i didn't know it worked that way haha.
    I was just on Ideal and they basically made it seem like I could order them since it didn't say they weren't available.
    Would I just need to call them to see which ones I could get? I pretty much had my heart set on those breeds.
  4. FluffyChickenMama

    FluffyChickenMama Songster

    Jun 13, 2007
    Will Ideal let you just order 6 chicks?? I got my Welsummers about 2 weeks ago from Welp but I think you have a minimum of 25 there..
  5. Bebop

    Bebop Songster

    mhmm! Ideal has just a $20 min and I'm getting a book.
  6. Bebop

    Bebop Songster

    Okay well, I'm only waiting until next month to get the Welsummers! That's perfect!
    I think I already answered my own question by getting a salmon favorelle roo as well. I just found out I could have a roo afterall!
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2007
  7. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    I think you should get either 2 EE's/Auracaunas/Americanas (however they list it at the hatchery you're using) for their colored eggs, or 1 EE and 1 white rock. Such a pretty flock and range of egg colors that would make. Also, you'd know who laid which eggs. [​IMG]
  8. Chelly

    Chelly Cooped Up

    May 11, 2007
    Ideal has a limit - when they feel its nessesary they will add chicks for warmth - meaning you will get ROO"S
    I ordered 11 a couple of months ago - for delivery last week - they couldn't give me the Welsummers - and shorted me one more chick by accident - so I got 8 - and luckily because of the heat they didn't add any chicks for warmth.

    (Darn, I wanted Dark brown egg layers!)
    I chose my chicks for egg color and personality, I want a variety of egg colors, just for fun and so we know who laid what!
  9. rosyposyosy

    rosyposyosy Songster

    Jul 11, 2007
    i got mine for variety in eggs. we can only have 3. at the feedstore they only had bantam cochins, got 3. 1 was a deffinant male, when we returned him to the feedstore they had americaunas, only one left (actually an EE) we got her. we then had 2 bantam cochins, and an EE. my chick penelope turned out to be a boy. neighbors hated his crowing. i then got a cuckoo maran. leading me to a miniature egg, a blue/green egg, and a really dark brown egg.
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2007
  10. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

    May 25, 2007
    SW Wisconsin
    Quote:They have a minimum order of $25 but no minimum number of chicks. They throw in extra roosters for warmth if they think the shipment needs it. They also have a $7 handling charge for ordering less than 100 and a boxing charge of $1 for each breed ordered if you order less than 25 of each breed.

    I received 12 chicks the day before yesterday, three different breeds, and the extra charges and shipping was $15 for a total of $36 for the dozen.

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