So last month I clicked on Murray McMurray under my "favorites" tab so I could order some Black Star and Australorp pullets and a few Polish Crested roosters (so the rest of the flock would have somebody to make fun of). Alas, my perpetual procrastination prevented any possible pullet poultry purchases. Of any breed. I went through my favorite egg layers only to find that the males were the only ones available. Then I started clicking on the other oddball or fancy breeds.....with no such luck. Not a single pullet to be found. Anywhere. I even started doing a general internet search for "day old chicks" to see if I could find any other hatchery that still had pullets available. And the only thing I found were Leghorns. Which I suppose I could have bought if I were really desparate, but around here, white chickens do not last long. Easy bobcat pickins with those "Eat Me" bright white feathers. And I do prefer brown eggs as do just about anyone else that would buy them from me.
I would occasionally find a listing in the local paper or FB page for home hatched chicks, but all were the standard "barnyard mutt" mix. Which normally I wouldn't mind, but I already have a barnyard mix and really need to get some pure strands of good egg layers in the mix. I suppose I could have hatched out my own about a month ago, but now there's no way I'd be able to collect enough to fill the incubator as I'm only getting two or three eggs a day and then I'd still be back to hatching out a barnyard mutt mix anyhow.
I remember getting a flyer from the "big" feed store in town that had "Chick Days" on the front cover about a while back, so I had Paul stop by on his way home from work to see if they still had any left. Luckily they did. So I had him buy twenty Rhode Island Red pullets (the only breed they had) and a bag of chick starter.
Our new recruits are about four weeks old now (we got them three weeks ago and I guesstimated they were already a week or more old) and they are already outgrowing the small pen. Once I get my bum in gear and clean out the larger pen I'll put them in there for "Phase Two".
|Twenty not-so-happy-to-see-me pullets. Or what were supposed|
to be all pullets. I think I spy at least one rooster in that batch.