Lesson 1372 – Spring Chicks On My Mind

 

If you’ve been following this blog, you know that we got hit hard by predators last summer. Half of our flock (including all of our spring chicks) were killed (murdered) by a combination of coyotes, raccoons, and fisher cats. It was a rough blow that still takes my breath away.

But a decreased flock, of course means that we’ll be getting chicks this spring (silver lining, perhaps?) I recently got an order form from our local feed store and this time we’ve decided to get a total of 9 chicks:

  • 3 New Hampshire Reds – maybe it’s out of a sense of loyalty, but the NH Reds are some of our nicest flock members.
  • 3 Barred Rocks – sturdy and jolly little hens and of course we’ll be rewarding our Gimpy for surviving her attack last summer by giving her a bunch of new sisters – Yeah!

And new to our flock this year, we’ll be getting:

  • 3 Silver Laced Wyandottes

I don’t know anything about this breed. I only like how they look (and I’m assuming that if they are sold locally then they will be able to endure our sometimes brutal winters.) We used to have a Silver Spangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben who was a true love. And while she was sleeker and smaller than the Wyandottes, the black and white patterns are similar. It will be a pleasure to have “coloring book chickens” in our flock once again.

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Order these online at MyPetChicken.com

Beside these chicks I’ll also be on the lookout for some Black Copper Marans and believe it or not, I want to get a few button quails. (I know they have to be kept separate from the flock, but just think of the stories I’ll be able to write about them!)

How about you? With the season slowly turning away from winter, it’s time to start thinking about spring chicks. Which ones are you planning on adding to your flock?

 

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Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

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3 responses to “Lesson 1372 – Spring Chicks On My Mind

  1. Nell

    Unfortunately, we won’t be getting any new chickens this year. For two reasons: we’re hoping to move this year – and I still see the coyote who walked off with one of my Dominiques in his mouth. It was in the afternoon, and I let my 4 chickens out for an hour – both my husband and I were home, but in the house. I ran outside yelling and clapping my hands, but he went off into the wilderness (we live on a steep hill and I could only follow for a few feet). So, now my chickens are trapped inside almost constantly – we do let them out for a few minutes toward the end of the day and one of us stays with them at all times! So, even though we love our house and our property, it’s just too much raw nature for us.
    Hopefully next year, we’ll be settled and get more chicks – definitely more Dominiques as they are very friendly and personable.

    • Wendy Thomas

      Oh I know, the coyote attack was the worst. To see my flock members being carried away while still alive is a memory that I know I will never forget. We have curtailed our flock’s activities and will be keeping a very close eye on all of them this summer.

      Wendy

      On Tue, Mar 1, 2016 at 1:23 PM, Lessons Learned from the Flock wrote:

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  2. I just love your blog!! I’m getting spring chicks too! I ordered mine in January. There hatch/ ship date is April 11th. ( send some prayers for the chicks please as they are shipping from Meyers hatchery in Ohio all the way to California). I have Silkies now but I ordered for spring 7 Barred Rock females, 1 Golden cuckoo Maran, and 1 suprise layer who’s eggs go to help the hungry. it’s a free chick and it’s Meyers way of helping you help others. it’s wonderfully Generous of the hatchery to do this I think. They even vaccinate the free layer chick for Mareks disease for free because I paid for my others to get vaccinated. I’m very nervous about there long shipping trip. it will be express but I’ve read of shipping disasters and I’m SUCH a animal lover I don’t think I could handle a box of D.O.A chicks! I’m even keeping my son out of school that day (he’s 17) to help incase there are issues. I hope there aren’t because I’m soooo excited to get them!!! Thank you again for a great blog!! God Bless!

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