2014 Flock – And then there were Five

On March 9th I bought ten baby chicks at the local ranch supply.   They were likely hatched  March 4th.  Next week I purchased ten more locally   I had to do purchase my chicks this way because I did not get on the stick because I waited to long to do mail order.   On September 4th I gave ten to a friend to refresher her laying flock.    What I learned most of all this year is no matter what I expect in mortality, don’t compensate for it.   You can easily end up with more than you want. This year’s flock includes:

Australorp 

Purchased: two  Last tried in 2012.   Never had great luck with these as layers.

  • Eggs:
  • Broodiness:
  • Size:
  • Molt:
  • Demise: One went to my friend

Barred Plymouth rock 

Purchased: 3  A favorite breed for us

  • Eggs:
  • Broodiness:
  • Size:
  • Molt:
  • Demise: Two went to a friend.

Buff Orpington 

Purchased: 2

  • Eggs:
  • Broodiness:
  • Size:
  • Molt:
  • Demise: Lost one to a fox raid. We had a fox in the hen house situation and lost chickens this year.  Visit the post about this for more details.

Columbian Wyandotte

Purchased: 1

  • Eggs: not sure which ones they were.
  • Broodiness: n/a
  • Size: average to larger  bird
  • Molt: n/a
  • Demise:
  • Evaluation: She was too white and odd woman out this year.

Silver laced  Wyandotte

Purchased: 1

  • Eggs: not sure which ones they were.
  • Broodiness: n/a
  • Size: average to larger  bird
  • Molt: n/a
  • Demise:
  • Evaluation: just what I expected.    am thinking Wyandottes are the right bird for me.

Gone – Update 10/18/2014

Easter Egger 

Purchased: 2 Never been particularly friendly, or great layer, but I love the colored eggs what can I say?Evaluation – they were beautiful and early layers, but they aren’t really meaty enough of for us.

  • Eggs: small and early
  • Demise: Both went to a friend.

New Hampshire Red

Purchased: 1 a new first for us.

  • Eggs: not sure which ones they were.
  • Broodiness: n/a
  • Size: larger bird
  • Molt: n/a
  • Demise:  Went to my friend
  • Evaluation: Comb and waddles too big to keep in unheated coop in Montana.   I will stay away from the reds in the future.

Speckled Sussex

Purchased: 2

  • Eggs: not sure which ones they were.
  • Broodiness: n/a
  • Size: smaller bird
  • Molt: n/a
  • Demise:  Went to my friend
  • Evaluation: Their body is just too small to serve as a dual purpose bird.  As much as I enjoy them, I think I will not be doing them again.

Partridge Rock

Purchased: 1

  • Eggs: not sure which ones they were.
  • Broodiness: n/a
  • Size: smaller bird
  • Molt: n/a
  • Demise:  Went to my friend
  • Evaluation: Their body is just too small to serve as a dual purpose bird.

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