What To Do

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Booswalia, Oct 31, 2010.

  1. Booswalia

    Booswalia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi,
    I would like to know how people go about increasing the size of their small/tiny flock.

    Right now I have 2 Delawares which I want to keep and 1 White Rock which I would like to take to someone to have... well, you know. I would also like to get 2 more laying hens but I've been told that it's very difficult to introduce new hens to old ones. So, what about getting a couple of fertile eggs in the spring? Will they raise their own chicks or will they kill them too?

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Your Delawares will only raise their own chicks if they go broody... and if you hatch them or buy them as chicks, you have to wait until they are at least 16 weeks old to introduce them to the older girls.

    What? Has the White Rock quit laying?
     
  3. Booswalia

    Booswalia Chillin' With My Peeps

    The White Rock has never been a good layer. She went broody on me a couple of times and has only laid about a dozen eggs in over a year.
     
  4. Booswalia

    Booswalia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Maybe I just answered my own question. Perhaps I should keep the White Rock and let her go broody again. At which time I could get a couple of fertile eggs from someone.
     
  5. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    That sounds like a great plan!
     
  6. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Remember that if you hatch your own chicks, roughly half will be roosters. Eliminating roosters is a problem for many.
     
  8. Booswalia

    Booswalia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sheeeze... nothing is ever easy.

    Thanks for the info.
     
  9. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    So keep your white rock for a permanent broody each year, and take any roosters born (after they've filled out) to whomever was going to process your white rock. Either you or "they" get meat from the deal, and you end up with a yearly influx of new layers. Or you might end up with a good roo and want to keep one to fertilize your hens' own eggs instead of buying fert. eggs... If you freerange, it's much easier to introduce newbies, whether they're your own chicks or pullets brought in.
     
  10. Booswalia

    Booswalia Chillin' With My Peeps

    That's a thought. They don't actually free range, but they have a very large yard. Large for three hens at least.
    My coop is limited in size so I don't think I could keep more than a couple, but that might just work.
    Thanks. Food, or should I say chicken, for thought.
     

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