Bamboozled Again

| 3/1/2017 11:21:00 AM

Tags: chickens, homesteading, Emily, North Carolina,

EmilyMy boyfriend, Robb, and I are relatively new at keeping chickens. We obtained our first flock in April of 2015, knowing full and well that we had a rooster in the first batch.

We ate him.

Things went well for a while until we lost our original flock in early October 2016 during Hurricane Matthew. Robb and I were vacationing in Alaska while my cousin watched his dog and our chickens. It was then we discovered that chickens may not be the most intelligent species out there.

We had to rebuild our flock after that. We purchased four chickens from a seller on Facebook. They were young chickens, well before egg-laying age, and we were assured they were hens.


As our Barred Rock aged, I began to doubt that it was a female. S/he just didn't look quite right. Then s/he started crowing, and while we would eventually love to have roosters, it just can't happen where we are currently living. So I re-homed him, saving him from the stew pot. He was a very gentle and chill rooster, deserving of a good home.

11/13/2017 7:48:25 AM

Find local people who are raising chickens. A friend of ours directed us to a local retailer who was not only willing to sell us chickens but to freely share a LOT of information learned from years of raising and selling chickens. From him, we KNEW what we were getting. Now we have 200 chickens but then, our intention was to buy & sell from the beginning. Same goes for local chicken shows or, buy/sell/swap get-togethers and get some young but proven layers. Then hatch and cull your own flock. If you only want a few for laying and eating, a small incubator such as you get from feed stores or places like Tractor Supply company or Atwoods will serve your needs. For the record, they are not great and if you get two or three hatchings out of one, you've done good! Of course, you can just let nature take its course and let the hens hatch them. They've been doing it a long time and know what to do. Anyway, that worked for us.

11/13/2017 7:48:21 AM


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