We got an order of baby chickies in the mail yesterday! We ordered from Ideal Poultry right here in Texas. They all look great,spunky and full of energy! I love how, in almost every picture, one is giving me the "chicken eye"!
We really don't need to order chickens,ours reproduce well. These are all different kinds of bannies. I like bannies. For one they are the best broody hens ever! Our big girls almost never go broody. It is nothing for my little bannies to go broody 4 or more times a year!
Plus they are just so darn cute! They lay good,but it is a small egg,so I just use two when I need and egg in something! I think if you have a small space and want some chickens just for eggs, bannies are a great choice!
The varieties I got this time are Silver Laced Cochins, Red Frizzle, Blue Mille Fleur D'uccle which I have never had before,and some Buff Japanese.The Buff Japanese are for The Boy.They are a beautiful,tiny chicken.He had some last year but a possum managed to get in their little pen and killed the hens.It could have been a coon since it had to manipulate a latch and their little hands do that so well.So now he has some replacements.We actually all enjoy watching those little Japanese chickens.
Right now they are in the spare room,our nights are still cold and I don't know if a heat lamp would keep them warm enough while they are still so new to this world.
I think baby chicks are one of the simple pleasures of farm life...sigh!