Should I buy eggs or wait it out?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by okallthis4eggs, May 25, 2012.

  1. cheeka

    cheeka Shutter Bug

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    [​IMG] all I wanted to do was edit my post... and the whole thing disappeared!

    anyway... good plan lindz, get those girls, you will enjoy them I'm sure and they should lay "regularly" (3-4 eggs a week) til they are around 5...
     
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  2. Wishing4Wings

    Wishing4Wings Isn't it Amazing? Premium Member

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    Haha! That's exactly what I was thinking. Henry needs a good girlfriend and Peach would be a great match. They would make almost pure bantam Cochin babies. [​IMG]

    I am really torn about which breeds to add to the bantam coop (which is still in pieces on the patio). The Serama are small, good with people, but seem like they would be feisty with other chickens. They are also so small, that it wouldn't take much for a larger chicken to do some serious damage.

    You guys have sold me on the Cochin, which is a breed I've always liked, but the personality is so attractive. The other breed I'm thinking about are d'Anvers, which look a lot like mini Ameraucanas, complete with the blue legs (but not blue eggs, darn it!). I could easily see myself ending up with too many bantams. Luckily they don't take up very much space. [​IMG]
     
  3. lindz8504

    lindz8504 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cochins are perfect! They are small, and fluffy, and sweet, and they waddle, and they are the softest chicken I have ever touched! I wish the huskies hadn't killed most of mine.... At least I have eggs under Clarabelle, and one of the brooder babies is part cochin if not both. The other doesn't have feathered feet, so that stumps me! I would love to have some of the Seramas but I am afraid because they are tiny!!!!!
     
  4. BullChick

    BullChick Not who you think Premium Member

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    I just moved the two splash EE out of the Marans coop(they were bought together.). It was easier than I thought with the big fishing net! I checked the leg bands. They are plenty loose. I wasn't sure before.
     
  5. SullyD

    SullyD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cheeka - Henery is adorable! Poor thing with all those boo boos though. I hope Peach likes him!

    Lindz - Personally, I would get the chickens. They may not lay much, but you won't have to wait months for them to start!

    W4W - Love that your son is not too cool yet to stop calling your chickens "squishy's". They grow up so fast!

    I got two eggs today! I think they were standing on the very top of the roosts when they laid them though. One was a soft shell and was a mess on the floor to clean up and the other one was cracked, so the dog got to eat it. It feels like deja vu all over again [​IMG]

    The girls and boys have been great going to the chicken run, everyone, (except for the stoners, they still like hanging out under the coop), goes right in! What a sigh of relief when that happens! My fence guys were here today and enclosed the other side of the barn overhang for the baby goats. Hopefully coming in November. Temporarily housing the boy Marans until they are big enough to go into the run. Right now they will fit through the wire! Welcome to my zoo/ark/farm! My family's whispers of "hoarder" are getting louder!
     
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  6. cheeka

    cheeka Shutter Bug

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    W4W, yes! get Cochins! they are larger enough compared to the Serama's that they would be able to handle feisty behavior, and they just are so wonderful! I just realized, I've had Peach for a year already! I picked the three of them up on Labor Day, Sirus, Archie and Peachy...I'm sure she'll hate Henery at first, but she'll warm up to him... they'll produce 3/4 Cochin X EE's. Peach is so Cochin tho', the only EE features are her beard and muffs and her gorgeous green eggs... her Buff color is too light, but she's got really nicely feathered legs and feet...

    as far as bare shanks, lindz, most feathered shank chicks have them at hatch, but not all. I have 2 Marans X's that developed the feathers within the first couple of weeks, they are just as feathered as their hatchmates now. so you never know...

    I ended the day with only those 7 eggs.
     
  7. jchny2000

    jchny2000 Goslings are precious!

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    They are very pretty, don't know if they will produce much longer. They may surprise you. I don't use artificial light and hopefully the prior owner didn't either, that makes a difference.
    shhhhh! we won't tell [​IMG]
     
  8. jchny2000

    jchny2000 Goslings are precious!

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    Oh my, baby goats! precious [​IMG] Ignore the wispers they go away [​IMG]
     
  9. lindz8504

    lindz8504 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am going Sunday to get the two older hens! Monday will be 21 days for the first of Clarabelle's eggs so hopefully we will have peepers soon. I don't know whether to go ahead and move her to the broody coop or to wait til they hatch.
     
  10. cheeka

    cheeka Shutter Bug

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    lindz, as close as it is to hatch, as long as nobody is trampling her... leave her be til they hatch. however, if she's having to defend her nest too much... she should be carefully moved - in one unit if possible... it didn't work for Violet to try to hatch in the apple coop with everyone bugging her... I wish I had been able to move her, but she hated everything but her "spot"...
     

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