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CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

November 29, 2012
1:18 PM

Post #9345562

Post Office gal called at 7:30 AM. I have noise!
This came from Mt. Healthy hatchery, in Cincinatti, IN.
2 boxes of babies.
50 Ameraucanas, 50 Black Australorps, 50 Buff Orphingtons, & 50 Silver Laced Wyanddottes.

I am going to do photos once a week to show progress.

Bernie

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kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 29, 2012
1:55 PM

Post #9345590

Winter babies! Rainbow Eggs, have fun- Post Office truck became a cluck! cluck! truck!!! usually raises eyebrows at drivers whose trux are 'crowing down the road' Good little birds you have there.
porkpal
Richmond, TX

November 29, 2012
2:54 PM

Post #9345623

You should have a rainbow of eggs to sell by May!

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

November 29, 2012
3:09 PM

Post #9345641

That is the plan.
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 30, 2012
8:41 AM

Post #9346193

They look really healthy and have a nice area to grow up in. Good luck with the eggs!
Moodene
(Nadine) Devers, TX
(Zone 9b)

December 1, 2012
4:47 AM

Post #9346721

FLUFFY BUTTS!!!! I love baby chicks!!!
AnnieBBB

(Zone 5b)

December 2, 2012
2:24 PM

Post #9347920

Oh thanks a lot! No way do I want to take care of babies during the winter but after seeing your picture... things could change! LOL

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

December 2, 2012
4:55 PM

Post #9348022

Our idea is to have lots of eggs when Farmers Market starts May 4th.
Last year we figured the old hens for eggs early & pullets mid summer. Old hens gave up to early!
porkpal
Richmond, TX

December 2, 2012
6:14 PM

Post #9348185

I though that you were starting earlier this year - and more variety too!

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

December 2, 2012
7:46 PM

Post #9348273

The Gold Stars didn't do good this year. I think they had some genetic issues. Lot of them developed bad legs & things like that. Figured maybe some standard chickens would do better. We have a couple Americanas & one Silver Wyandotte with no problems.
Gold Stars I think are bred for cages. They don't try to fly, won't go in nests off the floor, & seldom go on roosts. Strange bird!
porkpal
Richmond, TX

December 2, 2012
8:00 PM

Post #9348284

Well your traditional breeds may not lay as many eggs initially as the hybrids, they should keep laying for longer. I'll be interested to hear how they perform for you.
Iluvocala
CITRA, FL

December 4, 2012
7:12 PM

Post #9350063

I once got White Rocks from Mt. Healthy, they were some of the nicest birds Ive ever had. Great layers.
Light_for_Jesus

(Zone 6b)

December 4, 2012
7:27 PM

Post #9350071

That is just too awesome!
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 6, 2012
8:11 AM

Post #9351240

I'm thinking of Jersey Black Giants, or a mix of them and another large, docile breed. We are enlarging the chicken run right now but don't want them delivered until spring. They need to be docile to get along with my current three Brahmas who are verrrrry docile. Any suggestions? I only want 15 total so Mt Healthy sounds like a good fit for my order...I'm not selling eggs, but just share with friends.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 6, 2012
9:16 AM

Post #9351284

I had not heard of Mt Healthy. i will check them out. I ordered a catalog from Eagle Nest yesterday.
porkpal
Richmond, TX

December 6, 2012
10:44 AM

Post #9351355

My Jersey Giants have all been gentle, calm and friendly ladies. They have been more susceptible to Marek's disease than the other breeds, however (?). Another reliably docile breed, in my experience, has been the Buff Orpington. My Barred Rocks are all friendly but tend to pick on younger birds. Most of my Ameraucanas have been civil in their behavior to other birds but not reliably people-oriented. Many other breeds that I have kept have some individuals that are very sweet and others not so much, with no breed-specific consistency of character. Many of the larger, calmer breeds do not lay as prolifically as the light, flighty ones, but are much more pleasant to live with. Have fun rebuilding your flock!

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

December 6, 2012
1:51 PM

Post #9351541

They have been here a week.

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CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 6, 2012
2:18 PM

Post #9351559

Really growing. Have you lost any? How long will they stay in that pen?

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

December 6, 2012
3:46 PM

Post #9351622

Only 3 or 4.
They will stay quite a while. Opening the far door doubles the size, but that part isn't heated.
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 7, 2012
6:59 AM

Post #9352099

Thanks for the tips, Porkpal. I'll see if Mt Health vacinates for Marek's.

Country, are the black Australorps docile? I like dark or buff colors for my hens and they seem to attract less attention from our local Red Tailed Hawk family.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

December 13, 2012
12:43 PM

Post #9357430

Another week has gone by.
A little flying going on now. Whole bunch are scardy cats.

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Light_for_Jesus

(Zone 6b)

December 14, 2012
6:38 AM

Post #9357938

They are really growing. Thanks for the pictures.
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 14, 2012
6:42 AM

Post #9357942

This is stage I start to really like the little dears. They really start to develop their individual personalities and, to me, they start to really be fun to watch! Your's are really doing well!

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

December 21, 2012
10:12 AM

Post #9363852

Another week has passed. They are growing fast now.

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Jnette
Northeast, WA
(Zone 5a)

December 21, 2012
11:18 AM

Post #9363881

Starting to show their colors. You are brave getting them so early. Where are you going to put them when they are considerably bigger? Mn is pretty cold in the winter isn't it? Will you have to heat it? I would think. Doubt they would have their winter coats?
porkpal
Richmond, TX

December 21, 2012
3:34 PM

Post #9364085

They really are growing. Do they use their little roostlets?

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

December 21, 2012
5:53 PM

Post #9364214

That door opens to double the size of the room. They should be fine.
They are using the roost.
AnnieBBB

(Zone 5b)

December 22, 2012
5:43 PM

Post #9365032

Are the Gold Stars, Golden Comets, Red Star, Cinnamon Queen all really the same "breed" of chicken? If they have problems I may have to change my order... I loved my RIR's and they were great layers but they got so nasty they had to go to camp.
porkpal
Richmond, TX

December 22, 2012
6:17 PM

Post #9365075

They are all hybrids produced as sex-linked offspring, but are not identical. Most are a cross of a white breed hen ( Delaware, Silver laced Wyandote, White Plymouth Rock) with a red breed rooster - either Rhode Island or New Hampshire Reds. The pullet chicks are colored like their dads, the roster chicks more like their moms - hence the ability to guarantee the sex from day one. I don't know if they tend to be nasty; none of my Red Sex Links are bad (sired by Rhode Island Reds) but neither are my Rhode Island Reds; however I know those often have a reputation for aggression as you found.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

December 22, 2012
8:32 PM

Post #9365162

Gold Stars are a New Hampshire hen & a California White rooster. Pullets are hatched red, cockerels are white.
I like this mixed bunch better already.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

December 22, 2012
8:39 PM

Post #9365165

Here is link to Hoover's Hatchery. Shows some different Hybrids.
http://hoovershatchery.com/baby-chicks.html
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 22, 2012
10:16 PM

Post #9365194

I like the black sexlinks best. RIR and barred Rock if I remember correctly. Great layers and well behaved.
catmad
Pelzer, SC
(Zone 7b)

December 28, 2012
4:43 AM

Post #9368848

I thought I had an example of sex-linked coloring, but I now think I was wrong. I had two mixed breed naked necks hatch around Halloween. One was almost white, and one a dark chocolate. First I figured they were just going to grow up different colors. Then, they both began to turn red. Now, they're almost indistiguishable, but with minor differences, so I still know which is which. I also had been thinking one was a pullet, one roo, but now I'm thinking both roo. Guess I'll know eventually *g*
porkpal
Richmond, TX

December 28, 2012
5:53 AM

Post #9368878

I have had Ameraucanas that changed colors dramatically as they matured, I did not know there were other breeds that did the same. Pullets, however, are notorious for turning into roosters.

All the sex-linked hybrids seem to involve a rooster who is either a Rhode Island or New Hampshire Red. What is so magic about these breeds? Anyone know?
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 29, 2012
4:19 PM

Post #9370103

Got me.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

January 3, 2013
10:56 AM

Post #9374235

Didn't get a picture last week, so here they 2 weeks older than the last picture.
My son said they are eating us out of house & home!
Cats were basking in the sun.

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porkpal
Richmond, TX

January 3, 2013
1:03 PM

Post #9374344

They are getting big!

That looks like some chilly basking...
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 4, 2013
9:18 AM

Post #9375177

The cats are almost a cute as the chicks...
fancyflea
Wharton, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 4, 2013
11:59 AM

Post #9375348

enjoying seeing the progress on your babies...

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 21, 2013
1:26 PM

Post #9392649

I just found my little bantum "Jap" had hidden away to hatch an early brood. 6 chicks w/two eggs to go. I had to run out and get a heat lamp & chick starter 'cause I sure wasn't planning on this!

I have a Jersey Giant/Buff Orpington cross rooster that is the nicest & gentlest rooster I have ever had (in my 15yrs with chickens of many breeds).

Have a red sex link hen - they are supposed to be broody so I figured I'd get chicks from her. She has the largest eggs I have seen in my life. Anywhere. She's nice & loves to run for a treat. The big deal with sex links of course is that you can tell if they are male/female at birth 'cause their color is linked to their sex.

Tam
porkpal
Richmond, TX

January 21, 2013
1:59 PM

Post #9392686

The offspring of the sex links, however do not breed true. It is only the initial F1 cross that has the color coding.

How big is your Jersey/Orp rooster? I love both breeds and would love to see a picture of him.

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 21, 2013
4:05 PM

Post #9392800

Ah... did not know that about the sex links.

He's quite large... here's a pic from this summer. Not the best but the only one I can find quickly.
The coolest thing about him is his oversize comb.

Tam

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porkpal
Richmond, TX

January 21, 2013
8:47 PM

Post #9393179

That is quite a comb! Is he gentle with the hens?

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 22, 2013
5:44 AM

Post #9393410

I can't say enough good things about him! He is gentle with the hens,
he is really good about calling them over when I put out a treat and
is protective. By far the best rooster I have ever had.

Tam

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

January 27, 2013
3:08 PM

Post #9399344

Got around to taking a picture again. They are 2 months old now.
Not quite so wild anymore.

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porkpal
Richmond, TX

January 27, 2013
3:30 PM

Post #9399366

Wow! They are little hens now! They certainly grew up fast.

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 27, 2013
4:46 PM

Post #9399424

they look great! Amazing how fast they grow
Tam
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 28, 2013
6:37 AM

Post #9399899

I know that farm livestock are not supposed to be cute, but those little brown hens are.
porkpal
Richmond, TX

January 28, 2013
8:21 AM

Post #9400055

They also seem to be the ones most interested in the camera.

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