Saturday, March 12, 2011

Nine + one + six

We added to our chicken family today: six Red Rock Cross pullets. More chickies!

They came from Rick, a chicken farmer who lives near Qualicum Beach. We had gone up island to see our chicken mentor, Ev, not planning on coming home with any chicks. But she mentioned that Rick had some new hatchlings and Kim's eyes started to shine. She had been thinking of adding Red Rock Crosses to our flock because they are such good layers. We love our Buffs and Australorps, but as dual-purpose birds they can't match the egg production of some other breeds. And we needed to think about diversifying the ages of our laying flock, so they don't all run out of steam at the same time. Red Rock Crosses are great, because the cockerels are born with a white spot on the top of their heads, which makes it really easy to select only pullets if that's what you want.

The Buffs that came from our incubating adventure were always going to be sold, probably at the next chicken swap at the end of the month. The addition of the Red Rock Crosses will make it possible for Kim will keep the lone Australorp chick if she decides to - when we managed to save only one it looked like she would have to sell it, too, because it wouldn't be fair to the chick to raise it alone. But she has a hunch it's a cockerel, and we certainly don't have any room for any more of those, so she may end up selling it, too.

The chicks we hatched are growing so fast, and although they're a day or two younger than the Red Rock Crosses, they're noticeably larger. And they're starting to use the roost, even though it is still set at big chick height from last year's batch of chicks. Despite their tumultuous beginnings, they're doing well!


Paula said...

Cute, cute, cute!

Does Ev know how to sex chickens? It seems that sexing chickens would be a good thing for Kim to know how to do. I understand it pays well, too, if you can find a place to do it. It's just a thought.

Rae said...

Congrats on the new additions! I tried to get LJ to mix our future flock, but he was set on buffs. Perhaps next year, eh?

Doc said...

The lovely, wise and all knowing MeMa no longer allows me to go to bird shows or Koi shows with cash or credit as no matter what I say before going I always come home with something new. Such was the case of the three hundred dollar fingerling Koi that became heron food the next day....ooooppppps!

Toni aka irishlas said...

Chickens, chocolate, and wine - so addictive! But, in a good way!

Glad to see all the peeps are doing well, and, I'm looking forward to pics of the reno.

Hope your weekend was good!

Victoria Scott Artwork said...

Hi enjoyed your stories. We are in courtenay and are wanting to have chickens. I would love to try orpingtons. but haven,t a clue where to look to find any. Can you help. We are in the process of building a large run and shelter. hope to hear from you. thanks Vicky

Miriam said...

Victoria - why don't you contact me via email at and I'll pass on what I know!

Negerigeletschtempoit said...

Aren't they so sweet? Dang, Miriam, you two are making me want to have chickens again... LOL

Since we would not have them for any profit, I was thinking about the Bantam ones. Aren't they the cutest things you have ever seen?

* Answering your question on my blog, I haven't read any of Carol O'Connel's books yet. Thank you so much for the suggestion. I wrote it down and will buy her books next time.

Love ya!

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