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This blog belongs to two Gen X-er's smackdab in downtown Kansas City where we've been renovating and decorating two old Victorians built in the 1890's. Our life is filled with 3 demanding Pomeranians (1 of them cranky, of course), honking cars, noisy neighbors and the hustle and bustle of city life but we dream of the day when we can move to our 40-acre farm and hear nothing but the wind and the cows next door. Until then, we're chronicling our triumphs and mishaps here as we try to garden and preserve on 2 city lots, raise chickens, and learn all those things we should have learned from our grandparents. Welcome to our world - we hope you'll stay awhile!

Feathered Family Planning

Friday, December 30, 2016

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:
  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. We've never had a problem with any of the chicks and they have great customer service!
For those of you who are thinking about chickens but are tentative about picking up a peeping, cheeping package of chicks from the post office, let me reassure you:  it's the most fun ever!

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.
April 3rd is the delivery date.  I see adorable chick pictures in our future.  Are you adding to your flock this year?  I'd love to hear what breeds you have - please leave a comment!


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