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I usually order from Cackle. But to just get six I am coming out cheaper this way. I already have an uncountable number of chickens. DH built a bantam coop big enough for six. I did pick up the last six feather-footed bantams they had this morning. I know I have two silkies and a red cochin. The others I haven't identified yet. They are warming up in the brooder as I type.

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Old 03-08-2012, 12:44 PM   #22
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For anyone who doesn't already know this, if you are looking at straight run Rhode Islands at a tiny age, the ones that will be hens have faint stripes on their backs beside each wing. Usually a slightly deeper tinge of reddish brown than the rest of them.You have to catch them earlier to see this easily.

I went through last year and picked out 80+ pullets at the straight run price

Most places don't do straight run on the sex link breeds but those are VERY easy to discern as bitty babies. Pullets are the darker color. For example, Red Stars are actually a reddish color as pullets. Cockerels are a cream/white color.
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It is also pretty easy to pick out pullets in barred rocks and cuckoo marans. I have never had RIR before, but I included 25 for a student last year in my order from Cackle. There was one that was lighter than the rest and he said it would be a roo. He was right.

TSC called about an hour ago to tell me they had three bantams left. They cannot sell less than six at a time unless you have already bought chicks that day so they called me to come and rescue the three. I think they may be dark brahmas. Not sure though.

I know that two of the chicks are white silkies. I think I have a partridge cochin, a red cochin (or a really dark buff cochin), a porcelain Belgian d'uccle, and four dark brahmas. One silkie was looking rough earlier but he/she has improved and now I don't know which one it was.
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Cackle does orders of 15!

We are hatching our own as well as ordering from cackle this year so I am trying not to be tempted by chick days.
You can get as few as 3 chicks through Meyers, but shipping is expensive. Shipping get less expensive the more you get, up to 25-26 (last year it was $14ish for that many), which has the least expensive shipping, then the shipping starts to get more expensive again.
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So, i finally got enough cull 2x4s to start on the coop, an it is cold an rainy

Spring break is next week an it is supposed to be nice, so maybe the kids an I can get some work done then!

I was just excited to start the framing up. I was going to do a small coop but dh said to go ahead an build what i want, which is kindof a storage shed. Big enough to walk in an have a brooder for my baby chicks, nest boxes, an sleeping quarters for the hens. I am even going to have electricity! Dh rigged up a hook on the corner of the house an we have an outdoor outlet. We are running a 100 ft orange extension cord from the outside wall of the house, to the hook, to the corner of the chicken coop. So i can have a light if needed for heat, or fans! I am so excited to get going. My girls are getting big fast!
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