More on Chickens
Even though Chick Days is approaching, I ordered chicks online. They will be arriving on June 8th. The wait is agony!
I order my chicks from mypetchicken.com. It is the only place I have ever ordered from, and I’ve been very happy with them, so I don’t see a reason to try anyplace new. Although I definitely feel like they are pricey, but that could be any mail order chicken place.
Here are the chicks I am getting this year:
A standard, friendly egg layer. I had three of these before, but one was killed by a raccoon, one by a fox, and the third, a silver-gray one, was somehow scooped up by a hawk during a snow day. She should have been camouflaged so I don’t understand how that happened. But anyway, I really liked them, so this was an obvious choice.
2. Easter Egger
On a previous order, I had two of these sent to me. One of them became a lovely hen, with a head the size of a pea. She’s shy, but apparently very attractive to other chickens, as her entire back was ripped of all its feathers by the rooster. The other was the aforementioned rooster, a mistake order, as I had wanted two hens. The rooster was a cranky, a-hole of a rooster, that liked to attack people. It got to the point where I need a broom or a stick – he’d need a pretty solid whack to fend him off, or he’d just keep coming. My farrier offered to ring his neck for me, but I couldn’t give the order. One time, I decided to capture him at night and throw him out in the woods, but when I left the woods and hesitated, feeling bad about the near murder, the little jerk came running out on his long gangly legs. He took off at a sprint towards the coop, and I raced after him, not sure what I was going to do, but I had to catch him. Alas, I did not, and he made it safely back to the coop. Eventually I just put an ad on craigslist and (shockingly) someone actually wanted him.
Now I need a replacement hen, to replace the hen that I never received.
My favorite little chicken is a Mottled Cochin. Her name is simply “Little Cochin”. She’s the cutest little thing in the world. How many ways can I love this little chicken? Let me count the ways…
And I love the way she waddles up to me when she sees me, a little poof moving smoothly across the ground. She makes me laugh, like the time she disappeared and I was very upset, trying to find her, and then I found her wedged in the rafters of the coop, which was not funny when it happened, and I had to dismantle the coop to get her out, but it’s funny to look back at.
I am not looking to replace her, but she’s such a good little chicken, I would love to have a second.
I have no experience with this breed. I think they look very cute, their description says they are sweet, so I’m very excited to see how I’ll like them.
I was inspired to get one of these after reading this thread on backyard chickens. A great story, and such a cute chicken! (Sadly, it looks like the pictures aren’t working… she had originally drawn cartoons to go with the story)
I actually meant to buy a different bird, and bought this one on accident. I already have Little Cochin, and then Smog, the full sized cochin who is a grumpy creature, so I’m not sure what to expect from this full sized one. She sure is pretty though…
As I reach the end of this post, I was showing my husband the chicks, and he says “You’re planning to still get like 6 chicks from Tractor Supply though right?”
And then little hearts came into my eyes, and I swooned. Because a real man tells their wife to buy all the chickens she desires. (Not quite what he said, but close enough!)
Love the image of your swoon with little hearts in your eyes!
Such funny creatures! Our barn has a few resident chickens and I keep finding eggs all over the place. Sneaky little buggers!
They are so funny! Finding their eggs is like finding little treasures! Chickens and horses go great together, I think. They cut down on the bugs quite a bit!
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