The story of how I got my fuzzy nuggets!

Ebonythechicken

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Ok....so here’s the tale....

We got 7 little chicks 2 weeks ago, 4 silkies, a lavender Araucana and 2 EE girls (the EEs were professionally vent sexed.) I was planning on only getting bantams, but the EEs and Araucana were just so cute...

I told myself I would be decisive, not waste time, and enjoy getting to see chickens and choosing the nuggets. Yeah right. It was such a blur. I did catch a glimpse of the most gigantic chicken I haven ever seen, aka orpingtons, but only saw the silkies out of the corner of my eye. :(

When we came to the house we were concerned we had taken a wrong turn. I don’t know how to explain this, but up to the front gate was an absolute junk yard. Like, stuff piled up 2m high, equipment, dead trees, old furniture....we called the guy to make sure we hadn’t ended up at a serial killer’s lair or something. Then, out of nowhere, he came out of an entrance I hadn’t noticed before. We followed him in. We walked along a narrow, twisted path lined with junk. It was like when’s God helped Moses part the Red Sea, except the Red Sea was trash 😂 😂 😂

As we turned a corner and came into the back, I saw a chicken. It was an ISA brown. I almost screamed in excitement. I haven’t really seen many chickens other than mine before. But......there were more! The yard was huge, And, you guessed it, very messy. There was a large flock of GIANT chickens (orpingtons) just snacking. Dozens of wacky chooks were just doing their chickeny business in very small rabbit hutches (not fit for 100th of a bunny size, like 40cm x 20cm) and cages. There was a shed and a bunch of bee hives, with some polish and silkie chickens. One of my biggest regrets was not seeing them properly. I could’ve seen an adult silkie IN PERSON, in all her fluffy glory! I did see a polish frizzle tho! It was funky!

He had promised us the night before some Mille Fleur d’uccles. He had none, and we were the first customer, so no idea what happened. There were lavender Araucanas, EE’s, ISA’s and silkies. I was hoping for some lavender, white, or splash silkies. He only had mixed colours. I wanted to carefully look over the chicks, making sure they were healthy, trying to find ones that looked like girls. YEAH RIGHT.

I was so overwhelmed by the tiny chicks and chickens, my mum was hurrying me up, I was trying to make a good decision...so we grabbed the chicks. We had our 8 nuggets, mum hands the guys the $80.. he goes; “nah actually they are $20 each.” I politely remind him the ad said $10. He goes, “no they were always $20, I just put $10 to attract buyers, I have quail and other stuff too.” There were no quail on the ad. Then he goes, “my friend mike puts ads up for free, and then makes people pay hundreds for fishing equipment. I didn’t want to be dishonest.” My mum only had enough for 7 chicks on her, so we had to put a precious silkie back. :(

The guy also had a couple sebrights. Now, I know sebrights are tiny, but I genuinely thought they were like, 8 weeks old. They were at POL!! I begged my mum for us to get just ONE, but she said no. Now I’m glad we didn’t! In fact, he said he sold POL lavender Araucanas for $300 each. So I suppose I was lucky to get little “Stegalls”. They are a bit rare. Now that I think about it, I can’t imagine what he would have charged me for a sebright 😬

It’s not it’s like the guy committed a horrible crime or anything lol, but I was a bit a disappointed! 😔

A N Y W A Y...........

They all seem happy and healthy, I’m hoping for good ratio of girls!! At least I know the two EEs are girls, I have a hunch that two more are also females! The guy also said he’d swap roos for hens when they are adults (which is wonderful bc finding good homes for roos is incredibly hard, I’m not allowed any) but now I’d bet a kilo of mealworms that he’ll make us pay 😓

So there’s my chicken rant on how we got the nuggets. That took me 45 mins to write oop- what am I doing with my life.......?

If anyone is interested, I’d be happy to give an update when they are older! Maybe some pics! I am very confused about their colours!!
 

Tonyroo

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I would say don't have any further contact with that seller. He's sounds like a leech and untrustworthy. And yes I wouldn't be surprised if he charged you to give back a rooster. If that issue comes up post an ad on craiglist or something like that for the rooster. I'm sure there's a lot of farms were your at that might take him.
 

Ebonythechicken

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Jul 9, 2020
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I would say don't have any further contact with that seller. He's sounds like a leech and untrustworthy. And yes I wouldn't be surprised if he charged you to give back a rooster. If that issue comes up post an ad on craiglist or something like that for the rooster. I'm sure there's a lot of farms were your at that might take him.
I might ring up and ask what he'll really do with them and what he'll charge for me to swap. Unless I'm very happy with the answer, I'll get an early start on finding good homes for them.
 

moonsafari

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Jul 25, 2020
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I would say don't have any further contact with that seller. He's sounds like a leech and untrustworthy. And yes I wouldn't be surprised if he charged you to give back a rooster. If that issue comes up post an ad on craiglist or something like that for the rooster. I'm sure there's a lot of farms were your at that might take him.
Reminds me of a suspicious acting, vague guy I met a few years ago trying to sell me a rabbit. All sorts of odd animals about, and didn't have much of a clue to what he was doing. Just trying to hike up prices and get his cash asap. I avoid these types of sellers, and you can usually tell by their attitudes or advertisements alone...
 

Ebonythechicken

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He didn’t seem like a bad guy, just a little wacky and a bit dishonest. I was in a hurry though, because 3 days later we went into a strict 6 week lockdown. I originally planned to get chicks from the guy I got my chooks from last time (my first flock), but I contacted him 6 weeks ago and he still hasn’t responded.

Unfortunately I still can’t find find home for my cockerel, Poppy. He’s almost 9 months old, and he’ll crow any day now. I wanted to return him to that farm, but I can’t now. My mum says we’ll have to put him down if we can’t find a home. 😔 🥺💔
 
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moonsafari

In the Brooder
Jul 25, 2020
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He didn’t seem like a bad guy, just a little wacky and a bit dishonest. I was in a hurry though, because 3 days later we went into a strict 6 week lockdown. I originally planned to get chicks from the guy I got my chooks from last time (my first flock), but I contacted him 6 weeks ago and he still hasn’t responded.
How is your first flock doing?
 

Ebonythechicken

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How is your first flock doing?
Good! I only have 4;

Ebony (my profile pic), she is 32 weeks, just started laying, silkie x, very shy and sweet, but kinda hates me.

Chai, who is 32 weeks also, not laying yet, but any day now I’ll see squatting 🤞! She is a gold spangled hamburg bantam x. She is extremely derpy and small, yet Chonky.

Kiwi, 28 weeks, not laying. She is a polish or spitzhauben cross. Kiwi is a preposterously sassy nugget, she despises me.

Poppy, the cockerel. 32 weeks, not yet crowing, but doing.......other rooster things with my hen OwO. Poppy is sweet but VERY timid, he’s been having some breathing troubles lately :(

I started with 6, but two passed away from neurological conditions when they were young 😔

Now I have the fluffy nuggs as well, who knows, perhaps I’ll have a broody hatch some Dutch bantams or australorps in the autumn or next spring. I'm already T E C H N I C A L L Y 2x over the council limit....but...........chickens are measured by the heart, not numbers 💕
 

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