Spring will be here before we know it, so I'm using up some my vacation time today planning out my chick order on the MyPetChicken site. This will be the 3rd time we've ordered our chicks from them and we do for several reasons:
- I haven't found a good source of sexed chicks locally and, since we can't have roosters in the city, I don't want to take the chance of ending up with all rooster and no hen.
- They cater to hobbyists and will ship as few as 3 chicks at a time. Other hatcheries want you to order 15 or more which is, well, just way more chickens than I need in my backyard. We'd be eating omelets morning, noon and night!
- We've never had a problem with any of the chicks and they have great customer service!
This year, we'll have more heavy birds that are great egg layers. Of course, we'll have 2 of our favorite, the Austrolorp. They're consistent daily layers of a light brown egg and their docile, perky personality makes them a great bird to have in the backyard. Kermit and Henrietta, my favorite hens who like to talk to me as they followed me around the yard, were both Austrolorps.
I fell in love with the Golden Laced Wyandottes we had last year so we'll get another of those. And then the rest of the gang is all new to us: 1 Lavender Orpington, 1 Buff Brahma, 1 Blue Copper Maran and a Double-Laced Barnevelder for a total of 7 colorful hens. The Maran and Barnevelder lay darker, chocolate-colored eggs and I'm excited to have those for the first time.