Spring 2017 first timers post!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by IdyllwildAcres, Dec 6, 2016.

  1. Magnolia7330

    Magnolia7330 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are allowed to have 6 hens in my city. After much negotiating my boyfriend agreed I could have 3 (up from 2). He chose 1 and I chose 2 and 'the hatchery' added the mealmaker. At least that's my story... I wanted the full 6, but decided I shouldn't go too far out from the agreed upon number. Plus, if I 1 dies I can still order 3 to meet the minimum...after some more negotiating.
     
  2. IdyllwildAcres

    IdyllwildAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes, the hatchery.....[​IMG]
     
  3. AutumnHens

    AutumnHens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That tricky tricky hatchery. They're the ones sending me 3 more chicks that was agreed upon....... Weirdly also a Meal Maker (going to be named Tithe) and then a Blue Americauna and a New Hampshire Red. Of course extra chicks in January are excellent insurance against losses, and well chicken math.....
     
  4. AutumnHens

    AutumnHens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Flock Master,

    We currently have 2 Wellsummers (Diego and Garcia), an Australorp (Nix), a Delaware (Captain Chickeletta), a Golden Campine (Zazu), and a Gold Laced Wyn (Chase). In January we're adding a Speckled Sussex, a German Spitzhauben, a New Hampshire Red, a Barred Rock, an Easter Egger, a Lavender Orpington, a Blue Americauna, a Meal Maker, and a Dark Brahma. Fingers crossed that everyone gets along alright. We have 3 acres for them to roam although a lot of it is wooded. The current six venture into the woods all the time and have been since August with no issues. They're let out of the coop into their run first thing in the morning and then around 9 am they're released into free range mode. Usually our dane mix is outside with them to deter things like foxes from finding them delicious.
     
  5. ImportTheBest

    ImportTheBest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, hello there! I'll be joining in one way or another for as early in the new year as I can secure delivery from Meyer Hatchery! Last time we had chickens I ordered from MPC, but since the last few moves we are now just a few hours from Meyer and so I feel like their survival rate will be better, not to mention their available selection is larger than MPC for various ship dates.

    If I order just the 5-8 chicks that we agreed that I could have seeing as we have close neighbors and a little dog that we cant rerange them around, then I have to wait for April 3rd....[​IMG] but if I can find someone to split and order with, or convince my husband to let me order extras to sell off after the brooder isn't needed for warmth anymore, then I could have them Feb 6th![​IMG]

    I'm going for a varied flock again this time. I'm considering this mix:
    Easter Egger,
    Barnevelder,
    Buff Orpington,
    Speckled Sussex,
    Salmon Faverolle,
    Black Copper Marans,
    Cream Legbar.

    I'm debating the Cream Legbar still....she's expensive! I'm also debating the Marans, we've had a Splash Marans before and they're definitely a very big strong chicken breed, which may not be the best for my kiddos who prefer docile ones.

    Anyway, it's the time of the day to focus on the kids' schoolwork and not chickens or coops for a little while!

    ETA: We're not entirely first timers but it's been a few years since we could have any ladies at all, so I hope it's okay to join in!
     
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  6. IdyllwildAcres

    IdyllwildAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome!!! Yes of course its ok, I am getting mine the first eek of April from Meyer's

    Can't wait to see all the pics yet to come, so do you already have a coop?

    Gary from Idyllwild Ca here
     
  7. AutumnHens

    AutumnHens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Instead of a Maran you could get a Wellsummer, they have a dark terracotta brown egg but the birds themselves are very friendly. We have two and they follow me around like puppies. My sons have no issues being around them to do the chicken chores except sometimes they're a trip hazard because they're that much underfoot. Ours are from a June hatch and aren't laying yet or I would send you a picture of the egg.
     
  8. ImportTheBest

    ImportTheBest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! Nope, no coop yet! Btw I saw your post about the logistics of setting up a system that would leave you free to be gone a week etc, and I just want to say I think it's 100% possible with all you are putting in place to make it happen. Oh and I have a friend in Idyllwild!
    I'm hoping to try a coop like this: (about 8ft wide and about 7 ft deep and tall enough to walk in) https://goinghometoroost.com/2010/handmade/my-girls-new-chicken-coop/
    But it may be a little above my internet-taught-mama skills, lol!
    Actually the tiny brown chicken in my avatar pic is a little bantam Welsummer! They're a great choice but I'm making it a point to try out new breeds this time! Last time we had an Australorp, Splash Marans, Bantam Frizzle Cochin, and Bantam Welsummer. When the Australorp died suddenly we managed to replace her with an Easter Egger but we had to move and pass on our chickens before we even got one egg from her, so I don't count her as a "tried before" breed, haha!

    Oh gosh I was SO close to ordering my chicks a couple hours ago. I found a Lexington chicken group, plucked up the courage to post and see if someone wanted to split an order, found someone! AND THEN....realized that it was a group for Lexington TEXAS not KENTUCKY! [​IMG]Whoops! Oh and I've already changed my selection around in my shopping cart, so we'll just see what I actually order when I'm finally allowed to.
     
  9. ImportTheBest

    ImportTheBest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yay for new babies! Sounds like your breeds are picked and your order is in! What did you choose? [​IMG]
     
  10. IdyllwildAcres

    IdyllwildAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yay a friend in Idyllwild, small world and even a smaller town!

    Gary
     

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