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Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by allen wranch, Jan 13, 2007.
Welcome to BYC! We're glad you're here!
I hate it when people can't admit that their dog is doing something. My roommates do the same thing with their dogs haha. Then again, I suppose there are a lot of people that do, just because we hope they aren't doing it, doesn't mean they arent. They are still carnivores after all. Sorry about the loss of your chickens, I hope it all gets solved soon.
and Texas! What kind of chickens do you have?
Here is the pup we picked out yesterday.. this pic was taken when she was just barely 3 weeks old
She's our future livestock guardian
She a GP?
So folk tell me what the situation is in your areas fir Guineas. My Feed store got some in for $4.99 ea. i saw about 20 3-4 wk olds at the Flea market. Wish I'd asked how much but I had looked at a buff hen he had and she was very Buggy!! So I just walked on.
I am hatching some out, hopefully I'll hatch more than I need. I have sold a couple doz guinea eggs to hatch and i have had calls for keets. I have only set some here and there to fill space in the bator. I started setting some under broodies. My first batch she only hatched 3, i figured the fertility wouldn't be full on with the first eggs of the season. Now I have 3 broodies sitting and hope we'll get enough to sell some. That fact that they take so long to incubate is kind of a question for my "business sense". I can sell all I have hatched., Mine are a mix of colors that I have hatched from several of the BYC people. I get lots of calls for them, but many people bulk when they hear the price. Thats ok with me, I don't have them stacking up in the warehouse.
Had a guy call this morning "said" he wanted to buy 20 when I have my next hatch. But he only wanted to pay a "couplebucks" a piece. Lol I did laugh. He thinks he's buying mutt chicks. "Well I can go down to Austin and that guy has hundreds" then I guess you should make a trip down to Austin. Then he says "well he wants 3.50 for them I gotta talk him down". . I figure he has to buy 100 to get that price. Hey I could go to Austin and pay $3.50 for a hundred (if they really are that cheap) and could make a few bucks after the gas. I wonder if he's talking about that guy who sells alot of poultry out in Burnett?
Like C-Dood said they are not easy to sex even as adults. I have a few that I know are males and I have banded them. (one powder blue that I may shoot and eat for dinner before the year is out because he fights with everything when he free ranges and with other males when he's penned )
I have alot of people call who want to buy Adults Lol, you Know these people dont know the first thing about guineas. I figure anything over 4-5 mo is just going to get turned loose. I have heard they are hard to raise/brood. I have lost very few, about like my chicks. Last year I didn't sell any under 2 wks unless people had experience. I hate dooming babies just for a $$.
So Texas people what do you know about the guinea market?
You may know this, but there is someone in windom (pretty sure that's close to you) that sells hatching eggs for rare beautiful egg layers like Marans, olive eggers, blue isbars, etc. I'm going to order some. Here is her Craigslist ad. http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/grd/3757525916.html
Those little guys are crazy predators! With all my dogs, and the ones we get in to board/train, it is the terriers that are the toughest because of their prey drive. So many people refuse to understand that even that cute little Yorkie is a predator.
Sorry you are having to build your coops/runs like Fort Knox. It is so much harder to deal with the other people in your life when their priorities are so far from yours. Hope things get better.
She's extremely easy to with and ships fast, too. Just had 8 BLRW hatch from her and they are active little boogers. Highly recommended!!