Since getting the last 3 chicks, we've both had the urge to get more chickens. I've watched Craigslist and have seen a few, but most have been too far away. I called on one last week for silkies, and never got a return call. I've been calling the two local TSC stores, and theirs aren't in yet. Then I find out that they have a minimum of 6,(we only want 3), and that you have to show id and sign for them. SIGN for a chick? WTH? No thanks. SO I find this ad on CL yesterday, make a call, and Lisa and I head out after she gets home from work. They listed a pretty good selection of breeds, and we set ourselves on Barred Rocks. We get there, go inside, and wow, these people have a really nice setup! Nice and clean, all covered & heated, indoors, very impressive. The man picks out 3 female BR's, and I ask Lisa if she wants more. She kinda hesitates and says "ok, one more", and picks out a Buff Orpington. Well.....I figure since I have a 10 on me, lets just go ahead and get just ONE more, lol, so I pick out a New Hampshire Red. Yep, here we come, back from Deerfield, with 5 more month old chicks.....didn't I say we only wanted THREE? lol I'll take full blame for that one, Lisa wanted to stop at 3.
So now, here's the list of our flock:3 Delewares, 5 Aricaunas, 3 Partridge Rocks, 1 Cochin Bantam, 1 New Hampshire Red, 1 Buff Orpington, and 3 Barred Rocks. We started with 3 last summer, now we're up to 17.
The new ones are downstairs in my room with a heat lamp until this weather breaks. There's still snow outside, and the forecast doesn't show warmer weather till next week. I plan on extending the chicken yard another 8-10 feet, and building another temporary tractor for these when they're ready to go outside. Just when I thought I could concentrate on the garden, lol.