|I have created this site to show off my precious new obsession...My chicks!
We have just gotten started with our new adventure. We've never raised chickens before, but we're looking forward to the experience.
After doing just a little bit of research, we decided to get Rhode Island Reds. They are a dual-purpose breed, good for laying eggs and good eattin'. They are considered to be relatively hearty and mild-mannered.
Our local feed store was having a big promotion called Chick Days. With the purchase of a 50 pound bag of chick starter and twelve chicks, you get the second dozen of chicks free. So, we brought home 24 chicks.
The feed store was selling only pullets and, as far as we know, so far that's what we've got. They are still young and it will be a little while before we find out for sure. I would like to get at least two cockerels.
|It's important to have roosters if you want to breed your hens, but it's not necessary if you just want the eggs. The hens will lay with or without roos.|
|Roosters are also handy to have around because they help to protect your hens from predators such as hawks, foxes, and coyotes; all of which we seem to have a never-ending supply around our place.|
|If you would like to see pics of my chicks, just click on the hen to the right. I hope you enjoy them!|
|Click on the barn to visit my Links page. There are some wonderful resources out there and I hope they help you find what you're looking for.
Don't forget to check out the Poultry Web Ring! There's a link at the bottom of this page.
|To see pics of our brooder and grow-out pens, click the chick on the right.
When we're finished with our coop, I'll have pics of that, too.
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|Since we got our Reds just before Easter of 2003, we've now got several more breeds in our little coop. These are the other breeds we have: Barred Plymouth Rock (6), Silkie (3), Phoenix (2), and Polish (2). In addition to the chickens, we also have three white Guineas.
Check out my Chick Pics page to see pictures!
I really like the Barred Rocks. I chose them for their dual-purpose as well as being a docile breed. I think they are pretty and I'm very happy with them so far. They are really friendly and I may replace all of my RIReds with Barred Rocks next year.
The Silkies are adorable! I got them just because I wanted some for pets and I hear they are very good brooders. If we decide to have a breeding program, I may try to use the Silkies instead of an incubator. We have three different varieties; white, buff, and black. They are so sweet and I fell in love with them as soon as I saw them. Silkies are true bantams and will be small compared to the Reds and Barred Rocks. They don't have "normal" feathering. Their feathers are not webbed like most birds, therefore they look like they have hair instead.
We got the Phoenix and the Polish chicks just because we think they're cool. The Phoenix males have long tails (about 4') and my sons want to show them. The Polish have fuzzy heads. My kids think it looks like they have afros.
|Rhode Island Red|
|Barred Plymouth Rock|
|I think there should be warning signs posted at the feed store that read:
WARNING! Raising chickens can be addictive!
|We got the guineas to help control the insect population and, most importantly, to get rid of the snakes.
We've only got three guineas right now but will probably get some more in the near future. We're wanting to get some Pearl Guineas next.