The Chickens arrived here at Stoney Acres on Memorial Day May 30th. Here’s a picture of them the day they arrived.
We decided to not try and tackle raising chicks with our first flock of hens. So we bought these 9 week old pullets from a local guy who raises a bunch of chickens. When it is time to replace this flock, I’m sure we will give raising day old chicks a try. This year between getting a coop build and taking on animals for the first time in a while we just thought pullets would be the easier course.
We have 6 hen’s all of them red stars or red comets. We chose this breed for a few reasons: First they are a sex-linked hybrid which means we were sure to get all hens. Second they are a relatively docile breed and fairly easy to handle. Third they are a good producer of large brown eggs. Most red stars start producing eggs between 18 to 22 weeks.
Flash forward three and a half months and our hens are now 24 weeks old; they look great, have adapted well and are doing a great job of keeping the bugs down, eating all our garden scraps and producing lots of material for the compost bin. There’s just one problem; NO EGGS!! The dang free loaders!!!
Big bright red combs are a sign that hens are getting ready to lay. If you look closely at this picture you will see two have nice combs, two are coming along and two still look like pre schoolers. I have talked with a couple of long time chicken raisers and they assure me that I just need to be patient, the eggs will come. AUGHHH!!! That’s easy for them to say, they are already getting eggs!!!
As you can tell from my ranting I’m not a very patient person. I’m just a little excited to get eggs. Over all the hens have fit well into our life style. They give the kids some animals to take care of so they are learning responsibility. We have really enjoyed having them around. We try to let them out of the coop for at least an hour each evening and we have a blast watching them run around the yard chasing bugs and each other. Now if we can just get some eggs!!