Sunday, March 10, 2013

Baby chicks!

Hey everyone! Wanted to talk about chickens. Let me inform you if you ever decide to get chickens do not get 'straight run' chicks, unless you intend on eating the roosters. Straight run means about half of them might be roosters. Each rooster needs at least 10 hens to keep him happy and not damage the hens by mating too often.

Say you get 5 chicks 'straight run'  this means 2-3 could be roosters which is way too many for the hens to handle. We didn't eat our roosters as they were treated at pets and had to give away 2 roosters, our two hens were getting brutalized. One of the hens died and now we have just one laying hen. The remaining rooster jumped out of the pen during the day and was likely killed by local dogs.

Yesterday Meg and I picked up some week old pullets(pullets means hens)! Three Welsummers, two Easter Eggers and a Cinnamon Queen. So cute and living in the guest bathroom.

31 comments:

Andrea said...

Hi I haven't been here for a while, looks like the spammer here now left. We have native chickens too, mother care for them to become chicks from their own hens. Their enemies are the crows which always are hovering above us. Sometimes there are also monitor lizards that love the chicks. For every hatching group many are males, so we sell them early. We want them for food but nobody in the family can kill any chicken, and it is difficult to hire someone to dress them too. That is our problem as well, haha!

tina said...

Good advice. Sorry about your hen.

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Curbstone Valley Farm said...

In our experience, depending on the rooster, even 10 hens isn't enough to keep him happy. Roos tend to have 'favorite' hens, and even if there are others around, can still do harm. That said though, our current rooster, Frodo, is in with just one partridge plymouth rock at the moment, and they're great together. I think she's just bossy enough to keep him in line ;) It is a challenge though, coop dynamics. Hope your new pullets work out. Will you post pictures soon?

Kim and Victoria said...

Yes, we need pics, Randy! Sorry to hear about your chicken problems. We have two Easter Eggers also and get blue eggs from just one of them. Baby chicks are the sweetest!

RobinL said...

It's so funny how even gardeners fall prey to trends, now we all must have chickens! I enjoy reading everyones' adventures with chickens, but my corner lot in suburbia will not be gaining a chicken coop anytime soon.

Lykkeline said...

I really want hens when I get a house with a garden, I had no idea that a rooster needed at least 10 hens! Thanks for the tip.

Meredith/Great Stems said...

We'll have chickens one day. First, we need a new shed. Note that I've been talking about both for a few years now....

NellJean said...

No chickens here.

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Sounds like a Hibiscus family member to me.

myfrenchkitchen said...

Hi there,
I agree with a comment above..chicken dynamics in the coop is a captivating saga...never boring, and we love our chickens to death!
Ronelle

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