Have I gone insane? Are all the hens of the world dying and if I don't replenish my hens now, I'll never get another chance??
If you asked my husband that last question his answer would probably be, "Well, my wife seems to think so."
Here's how it all went down.
I thought it may be fun **and educational** to hatch a few baby chicks with a kindly loaned incubator. We got 8 chicks out of the deal.
I also put in an order with Mt Healthy hatchery for 15 pullets and 1 cockerel. Technically only 9 of those chickens were mine, the other 7 were a friends.
But, some of those didn't make it on the long trip and died. I called the hatchery. They're replacing my 5 dead chicks and they are also sending me 10 cockerels, for free, + 1 extra hen, to keep those 5 chicks warm on the trip. (Those said cockerels will be future chicken stock.)
A week before those chicks were shipped, I started incubating our Buff Orpington eggs. 8 are fertile and I'm hoping that all of them will hatch on the 17th of this month.
This past Saturday we made the long journey to Grants Pass, hauling our hogs to the butcher. We made the mistake of stopping by the Grange Co-Op. Guess what deal they had going on? Buy one 40lb bag of Organic Chicken Feed- Get 3 chicks free. I thought.......
STOP. Did I just read that right? You're giving away free chicks along with the bags of chicken feed we already buy???!! Did the heavens just shine down a ray of sunshine directly on me? Will my husband allow me to buy 8 bags??? Sadly, no.
Are you still with me here? I know that I'm not even with me here. 2 people in the last 24 hours have asked me how many chickens we have and I just stand there with a puzzled look on my face. "Um, well, ya know, I'm not quite sure right now."
8 chicks in brooder in garage (if my feather sexing was correct, 6 hens, 2 roosters)
4 chicks in brooder in 2nd bathroom
3 chicks in brooder at friends house (who I split the hatchery order with)
16 more chickens (including roosters) coming from hatchery this Friday. We'll see how many live.
8 eggs in incubator, due to hatch March 17th
1 duckling coming on Friday, as well, from feed store
9 hens outside
1 duck hen outside
1 rooster outside
See my dilemma? The next time someone asks me how many chickens we have I'm just going to say, "A lot."