Mar. 23rd, 2017 09:06 pm
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I just now made the commitment - coming the week of April 17th - 8 baby chickens!

3 Astrolorps - black
1 Rhode Island Red - red
1 Delaware - white with black tail and head
1 Barred Rock - black and white striped
1 White Rock - white
1 Golden Laced Wyandotte - brown and golden

I especially liked the idea of having Astrolorps - here is a description from the breeders:
Australorps are the Australian take on the Orpington breed. They are calm and friendly, and excellent layers of light brown eggs. The Australorp's exceptionally soft, shiny black plumage has hints of green and purple in the sunlight. Peaceful and dignified, Australorps are an absolutely delightful bird which we highly recommend to anyone who wants a pet chicken that lays dependably.

I had a mixed flock of about 10 chickens back in 1983 and there was one chicken that was friendlier than all the others. She was an Astrolorp. I named her Dorothy. All the other chickens died off from old age as time went on till I didn't need a chicken coop anymore for just her, so then she lived in a little dog house on a table right outside the back door. She finally died at age 9, or maybe it was 10. I think one of the new chickens will need to be called Dorothy (2).

Date: 2017-03-24 01:13 am (UTC)
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so exciting! i want to visit them!

Date: 2017-03-24 09:43 am (UTC)
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Date: 2017-03-24 01:39 am (UTC)
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How exciting! One of my friends has chickens and she just adores them.

Date: 2017-03-24 09:45 am (UTC)
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I've been wanting them (again) for many years now. It will be fun to have a new flock.

Date: 2017-03-24 05:31 am (UTC)
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I can't wait to see your photos of them! I heart chickens so much ...

Date: 2017-03-24 09:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Me too - I think they make wonderful pets.

Date: 2017-03-24 08:11 am (UTC)
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How wonderful! I love the sound of all the different breeds...

One of my neighbours used to have free-range chickens, and they were so much fun to watch. The fresh eggs were nice too!

Date: 2017-03-24 09:51 am (UTC)
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Two of my grandkids are vegans but they say they will be agreeable to eating non-fertile eggs from happy chickens. So that will be another plus.

One concern - Andy! We might not be able to free range them daily - they might need to be in a pen most the time for their own safety.

Date: 2017-03-24 11:25 am (UTC)
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I could never trust Max around anything with feathers!

But when I had Pip, I found that those little electric fences you can buy to deter foxes work very well on dogs too...

Date: 2017-03-24 09:49 am (UTC)
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Oh, I see you already know about Australorps! What an adorable story about your one. The dairy farmer who owned our farm had that breed. We used to hunt for their eggs in the haystack for him.

How exciting! I bet Dave is hurrying up with the coop, now!

Date: 2017-03-24 10:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We have had a few favorite chickens over the years. Chloe loved her favorite chicken and used to sneak it into bed with her (she was about 8 years old) - till we found lice in her bed!

I'm imagining that when I am in Florida visiting my sister that he will work on it then - without my "overseeing". We will need to have the chicks in our house for their first month anyway cause April is still a cold month here.

Date: 2017-03-24 10:06 am (UTC)
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Aaaw...I've had my favourites, too, including Emu who was part meat chook. She lived to a grand old age but met her demise due to her big appetite. Tried to jump through a crack between the top of the gate and the fence and got 'hung up' only to be discovered by me after she's been there for a wee while, and it damaged her leg permanently. She still lived a good few years after that. Eventually she couldn't climb the perches and so used to sleep in a nest...where we eventually found her passed away from old age.

Old Flame used to have a chook jump over him and lay an egg in his bed. But eventually he found chook lice in his bed, so he didn't let her do that any more for some funny reason :P

Date: 2017-03-24 07:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We're off hen sitting for a friend in April and our neighbours keep both hens and quail so I think you'll enjoy greatly! :o)

Date: 2017-03-25 06:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Good for you!

Date: 2017-03-24 08:18 pm (UTC)
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I'm excited for you!!!
I remember chickens at the old homestead. One dad named Hermine Gingold (?sp) (after a comedian back in the day) because of the wild feathers on top of her head like a hat.

Date: 2017-03-25 06:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yup - that's right - Dad had his favorite little bird - a Polish Tophat with lots of feathers on her head. Hermine was a blond colored bird.

Date: 2017-03-24 08:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh so you aren't new to raising chickens. That's a plus. You have selected a colorful assortment of chickens. Those astrolorps sound like very nice chickens.

Date: 2017-03-25 06:07 pm (UTC)
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Yes, looking forward to it - maybe not the beginning stage where they are in the house though. When they are a month old then they can go out to the coop and it will be less dusty in here.


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