In the Brooder
- Feb 28, 2010
I am a new member to this board and new to chickens as well. Luckily, I live a block away from another board member, Mr.Roy. I started out by purchasing four Rhode Island Red eggs and making a homemade incubator out of a small styrofoam icechest (four is about all it will hold). It works good, but the lid is not sealed very well and my temp. fluctuates a little too much. We are currently on Day 16 of the incubation. I noticed a smell today when I was turning the eggs- after a little sniffing around I was able to locate the problem. Horror stories of eggs blowing up in the incubator already had me paranoid. Anyways, I cracked it and their was no chick forming. I candled the rest and they seem fine. A lot of dark area, which I assume would be the growing chicks. I am far from efficient at candling, but there is definitely something in them. Anyways, a few days after the eggs arrived I got impatient and bought a barred rock chick from the feed store. After designing my coop and getting to work on my run, I realized I can probably have a few more chickens. I only plan to keep one RIR hen and eat the rest. The run is 12 X 10 and the coop is 4 X 8, so I am thinking I'll have room for 6 full grown hens and raise a few other pullets or roosters for the stewpot. So, I went back to the feed store last Wednesday and bought an Easter Egger. I found it interesting that even with all of the information about gettting mutt Ameraucanas from feed stores this lady argued me down that they were true Ameraucanas (although she would admit that they probably wouldn't do well at the Poultry Show). Anyways, as long as I get colored eggs I'll be satisfied. As a matter of fact, I will be heading back over in the morning to get another Easter Egger and possibly a White Rock. Is there any way to tell the color a chick will be when it grows up? The EE I got last week is mostly brown but they had some yellow ones too. I'm assuming they will mature to become different colors, so I may get a yellow one tomorrow. Anyhow, I will still need one more chicken. I really want a Cuckoo Marans for their dark eggs, but I also like the Delawares. I recently passed on a Dominicker because I don't want three chickens that look like Barred Rocks. So, I will ask- Which is better? A Delaware or a White Rock. I'm leaning towards the Rock because I can get her tomorrow. Anyways, I will try to keep this thread active as we build our flock. I would have added pictures tonight, but my 16 month old hid our battery charger for the camera. I wish he would learn how to talk because I need to ask him where that charger is and the darn remote he lost six months ago. lol.