CHICKENS

Apr. 3rd, 2011 10:45 pm
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Well hello, dreamwidth.


Having been paid far more than I expected from Centrelink, I've decided to get on with the chickens (and get a tablet laptop, yay!)

I really like the idea of ex-battery hens, in that they'd basically be saved from death. However, they are more prone to health problems, and often have complications from de-beaking. Additionally, they are full sized hens.

I think, given the veggie garden, it would probably be worth having hens which did not tear it up too much, and ate less of the plants when they decided they were peckish. (>.>) Which would mean small chickens, or bantams. I don't really want Silkies, and they're fairly expensive.

What I most want, though, is a broody hen, and a couple of chicks. This is probably worth waiting a few years for, when there are kids and a farm thing. (Yes, I need to dream.) And then we can have miniature goats too, huzzah!

I'd love a blue egg laying hen, but they seem hard to come by here. They're known as Easter Eggers, but breeds include Ameraucanas and Araucanas. The Araucanas are hardy and lay well, and look great in black. 
Plymouth Rocks (barred) are gorgeous, and I do like Brahma bantams in buff. 
Australorps are champion layers, look lovely, and apparently make excellent pets too. 

http://www.kimskovapark.com.au/poultry.htm
Seem to be the best option - have Pekins in birchen; Silkies in black and blue; New Hampshires (layers); and (winner!) Wyandottes (utility) in gold laced, possibly as bantams too. 
$20 for New Hampshires, $25 for all others. 1h20 drive, Teesdale.
No Australorps, but we shouldn't have too much trouble finding some hear here either.


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