Six New Residents in Oysterville!

Apr 7, 2012 | 5 comments

    We picked up six fluffy day-old chicks at the Planter Box yesterday.  We are hoping they are all female.  Pullets only; no cockerels. But there are no guarantees.
    The last time we got six baby chicks (at a feed store in Longview) four turned out to be roosters.  Mean roosters.  So, we’re hoping our luck will be better by doing business closer to home.
    These are varieties that we’ve never had before.  There are two Ameraucanas, two silver laced Wyandottes, and two Golden Campines.  Each breed lays different colored eggs so we’ll be able to easily determine who is industrious and who is slacking off.
    The Ameraucanas are similar to the Araucanas that we had previously.  Both breeds have pea combs and lay blue eggs but true chicken aficionados caution that there are some hens who have the blue-egg-gene who are not true Ameraucanas because they lack the other color and configuration standards.  They are called Easter-eggers or Easter egg mutts and are thought to be inferior by Ameraucana Breeders Club.  We don’t really care as long as they are dependable layers like our Araucanas were.
    The silver laced Wyandottes are considered a dual-purpose chicken.  They lay brown eggs and produce good meat.  If they are hens as hoped for, we won’t be concerned about their meat potential but if they begin cock-a-doodle-dooing their next stop will be the stew pot.  The hens are reputed to be devoted mothers which might be useful information down the line.
    Golden Campines originated in Belgium, are said to be “gorgeous” though flighty and not crazy about human contact.  I doubt if I can count on them to help me work in the garden like some of our past “girls” have done. They, also, are a dual- purpose variety but are best known as good layers of large, white eggs.
    For the next month or so the peeps will be living under a heat lamp in a big, round cardboard nursery in our workroom.  Their new and improved critter-proofed hen house and chicken run should be ready for occupancy by the time they are feathered out.  Then, they’ll move to their new quarters and we’ll see how things develop – hens or roosters?
    And so the next chapter in “Oysterville Chicken Adventures” begins…

5 Comments

  1. Nancy

    loved reading your post, today…welcome little chickies!

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  2. Betsy

    I’m feeling the pull of the pullet… perhaps a trip to the Planter Box is in our Easter weekend plans? Cute chicks!

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  3. Pat Thomas

    Love that you have new babies–we’re looking forward to their eggs–maybe for next Easter?

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  4. Linda J

    I’ll get my electric egg cooker ready! Glad you’ll be back in business. Also, it will be good to see some feathered friends back at your place again. All is well with the world.

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  5. Jo

    So wonderful to hear your chicken coop is occupied again. I look forward to hearing more about the new residents.

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