Yes I do know its October, it’s Fall and a long time away from Spring, but Now Is A Good Time of the year to buy your chickens, Pullets if you want them for egg production. An assortment of straight run chicks will give you about 40 percent pullets and about 60 percent rooster for meat birds. many people will tell you you will get 50 percent of each, but after 50 years of raising chicken I have found that 40/60 percent is really what you can except to get. You can except your pullets to start laying at 24 to 26 weeks of age.
First off don’t go nuts buying 50 or more chicks if all you really want is a table bird or 2 and a few hens to provide eggs for your table. Research has shown that 1 hen will lay 1 egg every 27 or so hours. To keep things in perspective, that really means that 1 hen will lay about 6 eggs in a 7 day week cycle. 2 hens, 1 dozen eggs a week, 10 hens, 5 dozen a week. So just how many eggs do you and your family eat every week?
FYI you don’t need a rooster for your hens to lay eggs. A rooster is needed only if you need fertile eggs for hatching a few eggs to replace older hens or if you have a market for new hatched chicks.
I think it is cheaper in the long run to just buy the number of per-sexed pullets you need from your local farm store. Buying from your local farm store has other advantages as well. First, the chicks will be several days old and the weak, sickly chicks will have died and your getting stronger, healthier chicks. Second, you can buy just one chick if that is all you need. Third, shipping was paid by the farm store not by you.
However, if your want rare or exotic breed chicks, you may have no choice buy to mail order them from a hatchery. Generally, their will be no choice in sex, but will be shipped as straight run, (mixed sex) birds.
Araucanas/Americanas – The Easter Egg Chicken, This unusual breed gets its name from the Indian tribe of Chile where they were first discovered. Araucanas lay beautiful colored eggs of blue-green shades from turquoise to deep olive. These natural Easter Eggs will amaze your friends and make a great “show and tell” project for school. Adults are of medium size with pea combs. A beautiful laying flock that is extremely hardy.
Chicken breeds are broken up into two major categories “Standards” and “Bantams”. Standards are full size chickens that range in size from the lighter breeds starting at 4 lbs to the heavy breeds that can reach 12 lbs. or more. With in these two major categories there are many types. Enjoy yourself as you explore them all.
Bantams are miniature chickens, usually one-fourth to one-fifth the size of standard varieties. Because of their many different types and assortments of color patterns, raising bantams has become one of today’s most popular hobbies. Little is known of the origin of bantams although they are believed to have come from the Orient.
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