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more chicks... how does this happen...

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so i think im going to have as many chickens as i have goats...eeek
but, going to give up on the legbars so when i sell those it will be easier on the feed bill.
so currently i have um...
3 opal older legbars- planning on selling two
4 silvuerdd's pullets
1 silverudd's cockerel
4 cream(crele) legbar pullets- planning on selling all even though they are laying.

getting 6 eggs a day. i think one of my opals is not getting enough calcium as i found two days with eggs without shells and she isnt very feisty like she normally is.
so then i have the
9 silverudd's older chicks
3 are cockerels- trying to sell two but no luck so far. locally people dont want to buy chickens unless they are like $5 or less.
6 are pullets
they are currently in a small coop and then will be put with the rest in a week or so.

recently just gifted 6-7 Shetland hen chicks. i won in a raffle. never win raffles so it was a Suprise. they are just off the heat and still scared of me, so hopefully they will get friendly in a few weeks. plan to possibly keep the girls and sell boys. They are not cheap to purchase thats for sure... supposed to be really friendly when older and nice to other birds.
so all these blue eggs layers. I need to check for the blue egg gene with the splash cockerel and then the blue cockerel i want to keep. if he comes back not favorable then i will try one of the black cockerels. not cheap but i hope its worth it to at least know for sure his chicks will lay blue eggs no matter what the hens status is.

the older silverudd's had like a 95% chance of have the homozygous gene. and the younger ones i think had a 50/50 on if they received the homozygous gene.
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We might need a 馃惀 react before too long 馃槣

have fun figuring out your chicken math and what to keep and all!
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well it helps i am selling a dozen eggs for $4 right now so pays for alot of the feed. finding egg cartons on the other hand seems impossible. When i am not working they get to free range which also helps on the feed bill. the silverudd's like to browse.
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Ok. You are going to have to post a pic of the Shetland chickens. Never even heard of them.
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they are relatively rare. more rare then the silverudd's blue which are starting to be more common. that kind of look similar to a polish but lays blue eggs
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Where are you located? We're selling eggs left and right at $6-$7/ dozen easily!
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Just remember they are just getting feathers so look kind of ugly. Sadly lost one a few days ago but the other 6 are doing great

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I keep asking myself that question. How did this happen?!?
We have 6 grown hens and a roo, 4 adolescents that I hatched myself, 12 one month olds and a dozen coming.
We are really hoping to sell some.
My son ordered cartons online. Don't know how much he paid.
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im in oregon, they are still med-large eggs. my hubby is selling them at work, he also sells 18 ct for $5. it almost pays for the feed so that is good. army green/blueish color eggs.
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the shetland hens are now super friendly, like i open the cage door and out pops a bunch of older chicks.... started putting them out during the day in a small pen and putting them back in at night due to the cold weather still and they are not fully feathered yet.

the younger silverudd's blue are also super friendly, walk in and a bunch fly up.. yikes.. hard to stay clean before work.
i think i have 3 boys and 3 girls so not a bad ratio. Hoping to have a home for one soon. so two more to go.
That is good. Nice that they are friendly.
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