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May 29, 2011
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BuckeyeGirl
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My chickens say “Send more locusts!  The last ones were delicious!”

I'm not 100% sure they were locusts, but they were very large black bugs and the chickens are excited to find them!  YUM!!!  Very funny to watch them.

Located in N.E. Ohio

May 29, 2011
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Yum!  lol

We got more chicks this past Monday.  McMurray's is awesome!  Last year we got chicks from a different hatchery.  Several of them were dead upon arrival and Liam (ds) nursed the rest back to life.  Even half of the re-sends were dead upon arrival!

This year has been a totally different experience.  All the chicks that McMurray's sent were alive and lively.  For the last couple of days they have been hopping on anything we put in the brooders to sit and roost upon!  They are all very, very healthy chicks.  We are really enjoying them this year. 

We got 14 Americauna's, 12 Buff Orpington's, and 1 exotic that I do not know what it is.  We'll be swimming in eggs next year.  We currently have 14 ladies that are a mix.  Most of them are Rhode Island Red's.

I love our animals!

May 29, 2011
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We have just been keeping a few hens for the eggs. But, one of our hens has gone all broody (again) so we've decided to let her sit on a few eggs and see if we can hatch some chicks! Excited to see if this all turns out.

I (sorta) have a farm in Africa.

May 29, 2011
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On Friday I picked up 4 buff Orpingtons and 4 california white I have to have white eggs for breakfast I use my brown eggs for baking etc. I know I'm really wierd but I can't eat my dippy eggs in the mourning if I only have brown eggs so I do both , the chickens we have know are on their 3rd year so I thought they would start to slow down production. by the winter I want to make sure we have a set up for keeping their drinking water from frezzing any suggestions. we constanly rotate water in and out .

May 30, 2011
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Hello, CraftCindy. Not at all strange that you like certain colour eggs for certain foods. Can you actually taste the difference in the colours or is it visual?

     I have electricity in my coop and this is what we do: my husband leveled a cinder block against the wall. We sit the waterer on this and added a hook to the wall to steady the waterer even more. In the winter we drop a 40 watt (I think its a 40!) down in the cinder block. This is enough to keep the water from freezing. Some people I know use a heated dog water dish. Good luck with the Buffy's, that is my favorite breed!

May 30, 2011
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I think my white eggs for frying is a visual thing when I don't have white eggs I buy them My hubby got buffy's b/c they are a friendly social bird he love his chickens. I will tell him about your suggestions and thank you he's away most of the winter so me and my son get the hassle but this year he's not leaving untill the heat is on happy-butterfly

May 30, 2011
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SarahGrace said:

McMurray's is awesome!  Last year we got chicks from a different hatchery.  Several of them were dead upon arrival and Liam (ds) nursed the rest back to life.  Even half of the re-sends were dead upon arrival!

SarahGrace,

Do you mind mentioning the other hatchery? I ordered my chicks from MyPetchicken.com, it wasn't them was it? Has anyone had experience with mypetchicken.com? I don't know if I could handle half my chicks being DOA.

May 30, 2011
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There's a lot of good hatcheries out there, I prefer Meyer Hatchery in Ohio, but a friend loves Mt. Healthy also in Ohio which I don't like as well.  You can hear horror stories and stories of praise about every and any hatchery out there. I don't like Ideal very much, but others love them and I've heard good and bad about McMurray as well.

Add to that, one shipment may be trouble free, and the next may be a disaster depending on the driver of the mail truck, or the person stacking the boxes that day at any transfer point along the way.

As for the color of the shells of the eggs, if someone cracked the eggs out of your sight, no one could tell the difference as long as they are equally fresh and from happy well fed hens.  I prefer brown eggs because that's what I was raised on, and the only store bought eggs I've had were white and compared to fresh out of the coop eggs are so tasteless.  To me, brown egg shell means farm fresh.  I have some hens that lay white eggs now too though and I eat them too, I just seem to reach for the brown eggs first.  happy-flower

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May 30, 2011
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Kat43082 said:

SarahGrace,

Do you mind mentioning the other hatchery? I ordered my chicks from MyPetchicken.com, it wasn't them was it? Has anyone had experience with mypetchicken.com? I don't know if I could handle half my chicks being DOA.

It was hard having so many DOA.  No worries, it wasn't mypetchicken.  Last year we ordered from Nature's Hatchery.  The box they used to ship in was different than what McMurray's was this year.  I wonder if that had something to do with it.   Like Buckeye Girl said, I'm sure it's possible to hear good and bad about all the hatcheries.  What put me off from Nature's was that not only the original shipment were there a lot DOA, but also the replacements.  With McMurray's they gave us an exotic bird and an extra of the kind we ordered free with our original shipment.  Maybe they do this expecting a death or two in their shipments?  Not sure, but none were sick or DOA to us or to anybody I know personally who order from McMurray's (granted that's only 3 people!  lol).

May 30, 2011
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Thank you, I'm so glad your new batch of chickens are healthy and happy. heart I let you know how ours are when they get here. :)

May 30, 2011
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craftycindy said:

On Friday I picked up 4 buff Orpingtons and 4 california white I have to have white eggs for breakfast I use my brown eggs for baking etc. I know I'm really wierd but I can't eat my dippy eggs in the mourning if I only have brown eggs so I do both , the chickens we have know are on their 3rd year so I thought they would start to slow down production. by the winter I want to make sure we have a set up for keeping their drinking water from frezzing any suggestions. we constanly rotate water in and out .

Crafty Cindy, I always use a bird bath de icer, it is a little disc, you plug it in and sink it in the water. In the winter, I always use 2 gallon waterdishes and never have any problem with water freezing and believe me…we have WINTERS.

they look like this…they are around 30 dollars.

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May 30, 2011
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We get our chicks from Cackle Hatchery & have always had good luck. This year we got Speckled Sussex & Easter Eggers (aka the Bearded Ladies) and they are super healthy & growthy. The SS are so friendly, I'll have trouble choosing who gets to stay & be part of the urban flock.

I can sit and watch those girls for an hour. They're never boring.

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June 1, 2011
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I can sit and watch chicks and chickens too.  Our chicks are getting so big!  We're changing out the shavings today so we put all of them in one brooder as we clean the other.  They fill it completely!  Last week they had plenty of room in it.  lol 

We have several that are very curious.  They can jump quite high and if the brooder lid is askew they find their way up and out!

June 1, 2011
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I know what you mean about them being curious, I would wake up in the morning to find that they had jumped out of the box and into the shower. My hubby had the biggest surprise when he almost stepped on one getting in the shower.

"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living.  The world owes you nothing.  It was here first."  ~Mark Twain

June 2, 2011
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Merryment and SarahGrace-Oh, I thought I was the only one who found peace and humour watching chickens! Maybe that the 'draw' for us chicken people; they are mesmerizing !lol.

June 2, 2011
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So mesmerizing I forgot the other thing I wanted to write!  That I have ordered four different times from McMurrays and never had a DOA. I never saw a failure-to-thrive or anything that didn't look great to me. I have had great experience with them.

June 3, 2011
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Definitely mesmerizing!  I'm glad you've had good experiences from McMurray's too.  I know the people that suggested them to me has ordered from them for years.

My chickens haven't been as close to the cabin since we got Bessie the Cow.  I knew chickens would “clean up” after a cow, but I didn't imagine how well they would do so!   I don't know whether to be extra grateful or more grossed out.laugh

Here comes a lil'lady now telling me of her egg laying.

June 3, 2011
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Finally!! I have found kindered souls! Chicken lovers! I have nine lovely ladies that make me laugh daily and two roosters that will be the life of me. I choose my chickens by antics and looks not breed and the eggs they give me are just an added bonus to all the amusement they provide. I have been raising them for about five years and couldn't imagine not having them, although with all the crazy weather we have had here in the mid-west my girls are a little off when it comes to egg production. I look forward to reading about your “girls” in future posts.

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June 3, 2011
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Hi Wendy! I can't say I'm at the point where I choose just by looks and antics.  We need the eggs too much.laugh  However, this year I did choose the Buff Orps and Americauanas for eggs AND looks.  lol  As our flock builds over the years I do plan on getting different kinds as there's so many that I'd like to have! 

June 3, 2011
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We got our meat chicks from McMurray.  We had one DOA out of the box and two more died by the next morning.  (Within 12 hours out of the box.)  A fourth was failure to thrive and dead within a couple days.  They have proper light, feed, bedding, space.  We aren't new to chickens.  So….

 

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