I am sans kids and hubby here tonight and I have just been screaming my head off! Die-hard gamecock fan here. Can't help but be when are raised here in Columbia by 2 USC alumni parents. Soooooo thrilled! GO COCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hi everyone! I've been lurking since I inherited a half dozen RIR's from my mom last summer. Two weeks ago a raccoon (I think) wiped out my mini flock over the course of a week. Totally my fault, we were in the process of moving and the chickens were slated last to go. I think the lack of people & dog smells probably made them bold. Of course I'm totally addicted to having chickens, so I ordered 25 assorted chicks which are due July 9th. This will be my first time brooding any chicks and I'm super excited/nervous. I'll be building a new coop from scratch as well. (Our last coop was a Rubbermaid mower shed that was being thrown out. It worked great, but way too small for 25.)
Anyway, its nice to know there's an active community in SC. I don't know anyone who keeps chickens and other people seem to think I'm kind of nutty for raising chickens in 'burbia. (Except when I have a surplus of eggs, then I'm a freakin' genius!) We're not zoned R-anything, so technically I guess we're not supposed to have chickens. Where we live now is actually zones Industrial. Has anyone else living in a non-rural zone had a run in with authorities?
BTW, I'm in Greenville, close to Taylors.
Amy! What's your rule about the "eyeliner"? I'm curious!!! I am SO scared that one of my babies will turn out to be a roo. I adore them so much already.
Should have made a post.. Some of us ( like me ) are eaten alive with chicks.
I would have been glad to help you out.
I have 100 or more RIR chicks ( pick an age ) needing a home.( I ain;t bragging but I have not seen any anywhere any prettier )
Barred Rocks from 2 months to 5 months needing homes.
1 dozen or so production reds ( about 6 weeks old ) needing a home.
13 guineas 5 weeks old needing a home.
6 guineas a week old needing a home.
even about 4 RIR laying hens I am going to pull out of my flock that are about 1 year old.
need chicks or want quality RIR's contact me. I'm loaded for bear and can hatch on demand.
and I'm less then 30 miles from you down 215 below Spartanburg.
Not sure if this has been answered yet or by anyone else that goes where I do but I get grain from the local mill that is just 6 miles from my farm. It is right at Campobello and is a Mom and Pop set up that has been running for many, many years. I have been buying from them for several years and their prices are very reasonable.
My hens/ducks lay well and my chicks/ducklings do well though I always add extra vitamins. They do not make sporting bird starter (27%) though so the turkeys and keets are on Southern States brand that I buy up in Landrum at The Hay Rack. I also will occasionally buy the Rockin Rooster there when I get lazy and don't mix my own whole grains but that is winter food. Summers they have the whole farm to find their own grains and bugs.
Come up sometime and I will take you over to Williams grain mill and you can see all my birds here on the farm.
My birds have always turned up their noses at Dumor brand and they like Purina okay but I don't the price.