You know it’s been a terribly busy day when my first blog post of the day is after 6 p.m. It has been a crazy day. Yes, it involved trips to Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Tractor Supply and McCoy’s . . there may be a need for a new chicken coop.
Remember I said I had found the ad on Craig’s List for the folks who had all kinds of chickens and they deliver to Abilene and San Angelo so I was all prepared to drive to Abilene to meet them but then when I talked them, they were coming here this weekend to visit their daughter who lives here. They told me all the breeds they have available and after research and going back and forth, we decided to get Welsummers. They also had black copper marans baby chicks so I bought five but when we went to get them, they had an extra one so I got six. I was able to put them in with the baby chicks that had hatched so they’ll grow up together and think they’re all brothers and sisters.
I kept wishing I had asked them to bring some Ameraucana hatching eggs. When we met them, I immediately asked if they had any extra eggs. Oh, yes! They had probably 40 dozen or more because they deliver eggs along the way from their home to here and then they were taking the rest of them to an auction . . somewhere near here! Vince and I were like kids in a candy store and here’s what we ended up with:
On the left side, the eggs in the back are Buff Laced Polish. We got all the way home and I told Vince I wish we had gotten some of them and he said “They had those?” I told him yes . . I kept trying to tell you they had the ones with the crazy hairdo on top, so we called the people and they met us halfway and we got the Buff Laced Polish. I’m telling you . . these chicks are going to think I’m their mother because most days, my hair looks exactly like theirs.
Still on the left, side the eggs in the middle are the Welsummers. They’re terra cotta colored with darker specks. In front on the left side are the Silver Ameraucana eggs.
On the right side, the eggs in the back are standard Cochin. We have bantam Cochins and they are so cute and funny to watch. Ours should be blue, black and possibly a partridge or two.
Last, the eggs in front on the right are Mediterranean Anconas, or Italian leghorns. Guess who picked those out . . yep, the Italian head of this household.
The two big incubators are full!
There is one empty spot in this one. The turkey eggs are in there but any eggs that haven’t hatched by Monday or Tuesday will be tossed. I have the little incubator set up and as the turkey eggs start to pip, I’ll transfer them to that incubator.
I put 6 eggs of each breach into each incubator. The eggs along the left row and the front row are from my own chickens . . either all Dominique or the red hens with the Dominique rooster . . just to see what we get.
Before anyone panics and wants to know what we’re going to do with all these eggs . . we’ll be doing great if half these eggs hatch. Since these are fairly rare breeds, or at least not the run of the mill breeds from the local feed store, I can sell fertile eggs, which means keeping the breeds separate and I’m not sure I want to go to that trouble but we might . . we might just get into the chicken raising business. Or, once they hatch, if there are more than we want to keep, I can sell the babies. There is a pretty good market for the heritage breeds.
For now, I just wait and watch and see what happens in 21 days . . that’s how long it takes for chickens to hatch.