Santa gave me a "Chick" gift card (for day old chicks)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by write2caroline, Dec 27, 2014.

  1. write2caroline

    write2caroline Songster

    Jun 21, 2009
    My husband has always been a little less than enthusiastic about my chickens but has always ben reluctantly supportive. He built my run, coops and feeders. I know he is not really a chicken lover. He does it for me. Usually, when I tell him I want to order more chickens he is not super happy about it? Last fall the neighbors dog killed a bunch of my chickens as they had just started to lay eggs. I found the owner and she was really nice about keeping the dog on a leash or in the pen in her yard - she was letting him run in her yard and had no idea he was getting out. Of course it would have been nice if she had offered to buy new chicks but I am at least happy she is keeping her dog in her yard. Anyway. Imagine my surprise to find in my stocking a gift card earmarked just for new baby chicks.

    I was really excited and happy. Question now is : What to order. Marans or Buffs.....I have had so many different breeds I have no clue what to order.
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Nice Gift! Sorry for the loss of your older birds, dratted dog.
    Do you have any idea what you are looking for in new birds? Or where you would be getting them?
    Different egg colors for the egg basket? (Most people get Marans for the dark egg color.) Breeder birds usually have darker eggs than hatchery birds though. Buffs are nice all around birds, nice broodys if you want to hatch eggs.
    Any color patterns you particularly like? Breeds like Plymouth Rocks and Wyandottes come in a lot of neat patterns.
  3. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Songster

    Mar 31, 2009
    SouthEast Texas
    The more different breeds i experience, the more i like my buffs. But i haven't had marans yet.. :)
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2014
  4. jburts

    jburts Songster

    Oct 13, 2014
    sorry about your chickens yes we lost a couple to dogs, and not our own
    so now we can't let them run out in the orchard anymore, made new coup with a run in it and a way to go out when I want them to out to the fenced back yard, too many dogs getting out every now and then.
  5. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

    Apr 11, 2011
    Why not get a couple of each? :D

    I ordered myself a few Marans, I've never had them before, so I'm excited to try them out! I also got some Easter Eggers and Chenteclers, both are breeds I've previously owned and loved, so I decided to give them another go ;)

    Good luck!
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Order a few of several different breeds! Why limit yourself? I find the more breeds I experience the more I learn. Some I've fallen in love with on paper, and not liked so much in reality. Some I got reluctantly, not thinking I'd like them so much, and now they're the backbone of my flock. So cast your net wide [​IMG]
  7. sparrker

    sparrker Songster

    Aug 12, 2011
    Baldwinsville, NY
  8. carsonwild

    carsonwild In the Brooder

    Apr 20, 2014
    What a thoughtful Santa. :)
    Well what did you get?
  9. jburts

    jburts Songster

    Oct 13, 2014
    ok here is a question, I have three chickens left I have one bantum americana the easter egg chicken, also have one that is slightly bigger that lays blue eggs.
    then another hen I have no idea what she is my daughter can't remember what kind.
    she lays brown eggs. I'm trying to figure out what other hens to get this spring that will go well with my other three
    they have to be on the med to bigger size but not too big. one of my hens does go broody she is the one that lays brown speckled eggs
    temperments, the bigger americana is queen of the coup the bantum is next in line, and my brown hen that lays the speckled eggs is last.
    but she will fight back if need be.,
    usually with the chance of loosing a chick or one being a rooster, I think I will get four chicks,
    last year we ended up with one rooster, out of four then we ended up loosing two chickens one to a dog and raccoon,
    and then last spring I lost the buff orpington she just died.
    so the brown one is left from the four we got two years ago,
    but now we have new coup with a pen and raccoon proof, and they free range in fenced back yard when I 'm home.
    but of course the new little ones will have to watch them until they get big enough that they can't go through the fence.
    what do you all think? my other chicken I lost this winter she was old, that is the hen that I use for my pic,
    she was a very good chicken.
  10. SimplyLogan

    SimplyLogan Songster

    Jan 12, 2012
    Cajun Country
    Although there is not guarantee the hens will be nice, specific breeds tend to be. I tend to get a little complex with my chicken picking. I want to lean toward hens that are said to be calm and nice, lay at least large eggs, as well as, more often a dual purpose bird. I like the idea of a dual purpose bird in the event I actually breed or end up with roosters that I do not wish to keep. I do like the different colors and looks of many, but due to my limited coop space I wanted them for eggs and meat. I guess I'm saying in a long way, you need to decide what the main purpose of your hens are for. Your family size also depends on the egg size and how productive your hens needs to be. Even though EE's are said mostly to lay med size eggs and only ok egg production, mine laid the largest eggs and usually 6 days a week. Love my EE's. Another thing we did, as our babies got larger we handled them a lot. they all turned out very friendly. Not sure if that was just luck, but remember reading on here somewhere that helped.

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