Spring Wish List, ideas please

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by greenpeeps, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. greenpeeps

    greenpeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2009
    Greenford, Ohio
    So last year I was at Tractor Supply and did it. My husband and I purchased 3 Cinnamon Queens, & 3 Dekalb Amberlinks. Once they started laying eggs it was wonderful, (Even though I'm allergic to eggs [​IMG] ) Sadly through trail and error we lost two chickens.

    Now were sitting here planning out the new coop - The broke down 10x12 building in the back and for this I need more chickens!![​IMG] That's just to much room for 2 cinnamon queens and 2 dekald amberlinks. The birds are currently not paying for rent - no eggs, so I need to mix it up a little.

    I'm looking at 2 - 4 Buckeyes, because we live in Ohio and they are so beautiful.

    My husband is intrested in meat birds.

    Ideas people!!
    Tell me what and why

  2. bufforp89

    bufforp89 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2009
    Chenango Forks NY
    I love my buff orpingtons. Thay are great chickens and my 8 hens give me about 4-5 eggs a day with no extra light through the winter. They are also very docile and friendly. We had 3 of our extra roos processed and they were great, the taste was wonderful. I plan on breeding more in the spring for both eggs and meat.

    My red stars are also awesome when it comes to egg production. I have only had them a short time but I love them! I have been getting 4 eggs from my 5 girls daily and they are by far the most friendly chicken I have come upon. Just this morning when I was feeding two of the red stars jumped on the feed bucket I was carrying and from there one jumped up on my shoulder.
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2010
  3. idahodebra

    idahodebra Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 14, 2008
    Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
    Araucanas/Americaunas or Easter Eggers to add some blue or green eggs to your egg basket.
  4. PaintedPony

    PaintedPony Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 4, 2008
    My Orpingtons are good layers and they are big enough to eat if you raise some and eat the extra roos. You can also turn your hens in to stew hens once they turn 2 years old and they slow in egg production. My Orpington roo is gentle and the hens are very friendly. Oh, they are a broody breed so if you want some extra chickens w/o raising them yourself they'll most likely do it for you.

    For straight meat chickens I buy Cornish Xs each year. They grow out quickly so harvest is at 8 weeks instead of 20-25 weeks. I have no issues harvesting them because they aren't exactly cute & cuddly. Feeding them is like feeding a group of raptors!
  5. RocketDad

    RocketDad Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 25, 2008
    Near US 287
    My spring wish list is for a box of meat-bird chicks, that don't get names, don't get held and kissed, and only leave the garage when they graduate to the freezer.

    Oh, I guess I need to wish for a freezer. And space to put it. Anyone want a Sterilmatic? Or two? Or an old water-damaged piano to restore?
  6. greenpeeps

    greenpeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2009
    Greenford, Ohio
    Thanks for the great ideas, I'm making a list and doing a little more research. (shopping list)[​IMG]

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