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    My mail order chickens

    Starting this thread after seeing the questions about chickens in the mail order thread. As some of you know I'm the bird nut here. I have and have had many birds over the years and am still a breeder of the smaller parrots. I have been wanting chickens for quite some time now and two years ago I placed an order with My Pet Chicken and have been extremely pleased. I actually picked up two baby Rhode Island Reds from a local feed store that I named Henrietta and The Cheeper.



    Here are my two girls sleeping. They were so little back then! Weeks later I decided I wanted special breeds. My Pet Chicken allows a minimum of three chicks which is nice because most other places want a minimum of 25 and that's too much for most backyard chicken owners. So I ordered three Easter Eggers and three Black Copper Marans. Easter Eggers lay colored eggs. Each chicken lays only one color. But you can get blue, green or pink eggs. The Black Copper Marans have the darkest eggs of all breeds. They are called dark chocolate eggs. So I wanted a natural Easter basket every day once my girls got old enough. I made a video of the day my sweet babies arrived. Chris helped film me getting them out.



    I wish I had taken pics but at the time my photo camera was also my video camera. I do have pics of the chicks though. I named the Easter Eggers: Raptor, Gamma and Mocha. The Marans wer named: Zucca, Expresso and Omega


    Omega by Thagirion3, on Flickr


    Zucca close by Thagirion3, on Flickr


    Gamma or Mocha by Thagirion3, on Flickr


    Raptor close by Thagirion3, on Flickr

    Here are some of the eggs I got. They start to lay eggs around 6 months. Waiting for that first egg is really hard once the date gets close. As for my Easter Eggers I ended up with Raptor and Mocha being blue egg layers and Gamma a pink egg layer.


    Naturally colored chicken eggs by Thagirion3, on Flickr

    And the Marans eggs.


    Black Copper Marans eggs by Thagirion3, on Flickr

    Not as dark as they could be but still pretty dark compared to the normal Rhode Island Reds. I'll stop here. I need to go let them out now and feed my flock and tend my plants. But I will add more to this later. I have pics of them growing up and now as adults. They are wonderful pets and Henrietta has become quite the demanding dominant flock leader. She's special and spoiled.

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    welcome to the world of chickens. do you have the adults free ranging?

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    Thanks. Oh yes. These chicks are all grown up. They are two years old now. My flock of 8 birds free roams my yard which is pretty large. They are very friendly and follow me all over the place when I'm doing yard work.


    The Cheeper drinking by Thagirion3, on Flickr

    Here is The Cheeper drinking the drops left in the hose after I watered.


    Hens looking in my window by Thagirion3, on Flickr

    They come to all the windows looking for me too. Usually for their second feeding of the day. They know I spend the most time in the kitchen which is this window, the patio and the computer room in the front of the house.

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    Awww they're so cute! I love chickens.. I cant wait til I have my own house, totally plan on having some of my own... I want Silkies SOO BAADD.. But I will definitely pick up some Ameraucan/Araucanas too.. Too bad true 100% Araucanas are so hard to find.

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    I don't know why but somehow laying rainbow-colored eggs makes them even cuter. I love the peeping in the video!

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    Brie, they are wonderful to have around. Yes definitely get a small flock if you get a house. I didn't get any bantams because I wanted them mostly for eggs but silkies are cute too. But now I have more eggs than I know what to do with. Eight eggs a day is too much for two people. Hehe, and I want more because they're great pets. Yeah it's too bad that true Arucuanas are so hard to find. They lay only blue eggs that are very bright. I'd love to have some, though they aren't a very pretty bird.

    Thez_yo, yep. A colored egg tray is why I picked the breeds I did. No white egg layers though because they are too skittish. Easter is the only time of year I buy eggs now. You can't dye eggs that are already colored or dark hehe.

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    What is the upkeep cost like? I mean, how much do you spend per day/how many eggs do you get?
    Also, those birds are much mroe adorable than I thought chickens could be...

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    I love the plethora of eggs colors! Have you ever tried parrotlets? I don't think you can get any smaller than that.

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