Splitting a hatchery order?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by dekel18042, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. combine for one order

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  2. Leave as is (2 separate orders)

    1 vote(s)
  1. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2013
    Last fall I made up an order for ten chicks, several breeds, to arrive in the spring. Unfortunetly one breed wanted wasn't available until July so I split my order into two. Six to arrive in April. 4 in July (four was the minimum order they would ship.)
    Now I'm wondering for the sake of integrating into my existing flock would it be easier to have one order in April and the second in July? If combining I would probably have to make substitutions on at least one July breed. Just wondering how difficult combining with my existing flock will be.
    I couldn't combine for a July shipping order because many of the April birds are sold out for the year.
    I'm in a quandry over what to do. Leave as two orders or combine for one April shipping?
    Any advice?

    If this comes through twice I apologize. I was distracted while writing the first time, made a glitch, and not sure if I sent it.
  2. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    Yes, it might be a bit more trouble but getting the breeds you want would be worth it.

    Also, having four at a time is a big enough group that it won't be horrid when you integrate them.

    So, what breeds did you pick?
  3. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2013
    April order:
    3 Easter eggers
    1 silver cuckoo marans
    1 blue splash marans
    1 welsummer

    July Order:
    2 Ameraucana (supposed to lay a blue egg as compared to the EE's probable greenish egg. They're the ones I really wanted)
    1 Black copper marans
    1 Buckeye
    Can you tell my goal is a colorful egg basket and I want to try for olive eggers?
    Hey, I hear Alaska is getting warmer weather than we are this year?????
  4. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    Yep, no snow right now (we had snow, it all melted)

    I should have two to four feet of snow.

    My temps are getting cold again though, it looks like winter might show up.

    That is a great choice of breeds!

    You really need one white egg layer in there to brighten up the colors of the other eggs. (I am a chicken math enabler! :lol: )
  5. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2013
    Wish I could send you some of ours. We 're getting freezing slush and drizzle over the foot of snow we got yesterday.
    hmmm, I have thought of getting one of the new austra whites.
    [​IMG] Your recommendations on white egg layers?
    You and my husband as far as enabling. He got me an incubator for Christmas. I wanted to wait til spring and he encouraged me to set some eggs I had. I now have nine peeps broodering in the sunroom until they can go out.
    What kind of chickens do you have? How do they like the cold weather?
  6. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    There are some wonderful white egg layers out there, just depends on what you want, and what characteristics are most important to you :

    Cold hardy
    Tiny combs so no frostbite
    High production
    Specific color or pattern
    Gentle roosters
    Egg size

    All of my chickens were a panic order last spring..... So I didn't get anything super exciting. This year I am focusing on 1. Oodles of eggs, 2. Nothing that can get frostbite 3. Historical and 4. Colors I like / I gotta think it is pretty

    I am going to get Golden Pencilled Hamburgs, Dominiques, Wheaten Ameraucana, and may e Rose Comb Brown Leghorns. I do have some French Black Copper Marans right now that I think I will keep. But I don't really like my rooster and that comb = frostbite!

    To tempt you to get a white egg layer, since you like blue, what about Blue Andalusians? They are gorgeous! They can be blue with lovely lacing, and they lay white eggs.
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Where are you ordering real Ameraucana and BCM's from?

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