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  • Bringing home 6 week old chickens
  • Handling new pullets

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    08-08-2011, 10:20 AM
  #21
Green Broke
Maura, when I ordered mine, I thought it was still like so many years ago (the last time I had chickens) that when you ordered pullets, you got 6 week old young hens. I had no idea they could sex tiny babies now and was shocked when my order came full of tiny day old chicks, had to scrabble to set up for them because I had thought I was getting older birds that could go right in the henhouse. So I had them in a make-shift brooder made out of a dog bathtub in the closet in my bedroom. Lol
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    08-08-2011, 11:58 AM
  #22
Super Moderator
I love my chickens. All of them (nine hens) have a distinct personality and each has a name. Several of them are extremely people oriented. I respect the wishes of those who don't want handling. They will provide me eggs, until they are too ole. Then, they will have a nice long retirement on me. No stew pot for the hens who gave me their all for so long.

A few of my favs;

My cochin silkie crosses



My boss hen, Hannah, giving me the stinkeye!



Phyllis (as in Diller) having a bad hair day



My "Coop Diem"

     
    08-08-2011, 10:32 PM
  #23
Banned
Phyllis is gorgeous!!!! What kind of chicken is she.

The 22 chickens we board our horses with are all soooo fearless of the horses. The fly up on their backs and sit there. It's so cute.

The Buff Orps are very much loners, they go off by themselves and do not like to be handled. The leghorns are insane, all squawky and flapping wings if you even LOOK in their direction.

The friendliest are the Reds and the Barred rocks. We have one red and one rock that have NO fear of humans.....of course that means that when you try to shoo them away from something, they don't move. If you want to move them, you have to pick them up and carry them....cause stomping, shooing, running at them does NOTHING. They were handled since they were chicks, and have no fear of humans. Which is very annoying some days.
     
    08-10-2011, 03:30 PM
  #24
Foal
Ah. I LOVE faverolles! Very jealous!
     
    08-11-2011, 12:11 AM
  #25
Green Broke
Beauseant, answering for Allison here but I believe her Phyllis is a Polish Crested. My best friend used to have one she kept here named Trixie lol

Jumper, have so say I'm pretty fond of Pierre. I may be getting a couple faverolle hens, I like the roo so well. He's easy going and super hand tame. Of course, he's immature yet, so we'll see how it goes, but I do really like him so far.
     
    08-11-2011, 03:47 PM
  #26
Foal
If I remember correctly arnt favorolles eggs tinted with blue or green?
     
    08-11-2011, 06:25 PM
  #27
Green Broke
Nope, faverolles lay lightly tinted eggs in the brown family, ranging from cream a pale brown eggs.

Araucanas, their crossbred cousins Ameraucanas, and various other crosses of those 2 breeds with whatever (called Easter Eggers) are the only ones I know that have blue/green eggs.
     
    08-12-2011, 12:34 PM
  #28
Weanling
My dad has always always had chickens. My mom has told me that at one time he had close to 100 hens, along with 50 or so Turkey.
He got out of them for a few years, but I got him back into them. We raised Bantams and RIRs for a few years.
We had originally bought 20 RIR hens in the spring from a local auction. They were probably around a year old. We were keeping them for egg production. That summer a neighbours dog got loose and chewed threw the wire and squeezed into the coop threw a 10 inch wide door we had for the hens. The dog killed all but 3 hens. :(
A few weeks later we went to the auction we had bought the RIRs from, but all they had was Bantams. My dad was dead set on bringing home chickens, so we brought home 2 hens and 18 week old chicks.
The Bantams were the best mothers. We never lost a chick from that batch, even with having them free roam. Once one of the hens went broody, you could put anybody's eggs under them and they would treat them as their own, even the RIRs eggs.
We had to sell them all unfortunately due to moving, but I know that when I get chickens again, I want some Bantams.
     
    08-12-2011, 12:45 PM
  #29
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by ilovesonya    
The Bantams were the best mothers. We never lost a chick from that batch, even with having them free roam. Once one of the hens went broody, you could put anybody's eggs under them and they would treat them as their own, even the RIRs eggs.
We had to sell them all unfortunately due to moving, but I know that when I get chickens again, I want some Bantams.
That's the same thing I have heard about the Cochins, which is why I wanted some. Since my hens are free rangers and all on the big side of LF breeds, I am hesitant to run bantys out there with them. I'd worried they would get picked on too much. But Cochins are supposed to be the best brooders out of LF breeds, and same thing, will sit other nests. I brought a pair home last night, a blue laced cockeral and a black pullet. Hopefully going to get a dozen more in a week or two. After that, come spring I will probably segregate the cochin hens with the cochin roo and raise a few broods. Pictures of the two new kids coming shortly!
     
    08-12-2011, 01:08 PM
  #30
Weanling
We didn't have any trouble with the bants get picked on. Everybody got along right away. If there is trouble the bantams stuck up for themselves. Although we only had 3 RIRs, you have more of the big guys.
     

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