30 September, 2008

We have babies !!

My Hens have been sharing the load and we have successfully given birth to four little chicks. I can't tell who is who but the hens are now called Ebony, Sooty and Inky thankfully named by Lisa from Laughing Orca. We have started fencing a bigger yard for them and we will be starting on the new chook pen soon. I called into my local produce store and was asking about his day old chicks he normally gets in he said they have gone up in price to $11 retail each. I was amazed but I suppose with the rise in fuel and grain they are one of many things going up in price and I think there could also be a demand for the chicks as people are tending to lean to the self sufficient live style.

This is Belvedere ( also name by Lisa, thank you Lisa) our handsome rooster, he is in the shadow there because he doesn't want to take all the glory for the four little weeds that are now running around the pen.

I wouldn't mind breeding turkeys if anyone has turkeys could they tell me if they are just as easy as chickens to look after and breed from.


Grammy said...

How wonderful to have your first chicks. If they are $11.00 for baby's. How much is a chicken in the store ready to cook?

white_lilly said...

Hi Ernie, I know its madness. I'm hoping to increase my egg production and buy in meat birds for our own use later.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Wow! That's $11 'Ozzie' money right? Not US dollars?

Here chickies cost about $1.00 each. If you want to buy laying hens they typically run $10.00 each.

Have you ever considered raising chicks to sell as chicks or as laying hens. I'd like to try that if we get more space for those operations.

I can't wait to see more pics of your chicks (hey! That I made a rhyme! hehe)

I'm very honored and thrilled that you liked the names I suggested for your chooks. They seem to fit perfectly.
Your hens are so pretty and Belvedere is so HANDSOME!

I've not yet raised any turkeys, but another blog I like to read called "Children in the Corn" has been raising them and is just now butchering some, too.

I'll get that link for you in a few minutes.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Children in the Corn Turkeys

There ya go! :)


white_lilly said...

Hey Lisa thanks, That was Aus dollars
and you pay about $1 US I think I might go into business. I was thinking about getting into the rare breeds

I should have baby chick photos tomorrow, they are running around pickin and scratchin :)

I think Belvedere likes his name he seems to stick his chest out further when he struts now.


Tracy said...

Hi Sue,we have a turkey hen sitting happily on 16 eggs at the moment. We got our turkeys in March this year and they are fun to have around. The male is very proud and constantly putting on a display of his beautiful feathers. They really are just like chickens only with much bigger appetites and they make bigger messes.

Belovedgoddess said...

Thankyou for commenting on my blog.

Belvedere does look like our recent visitor, they both are very handsome.


CeeCee said...

My goodness, $11 for day-olds!! How much are they at the grocery store once they're all grown up and butchered?
Good looking chickens, I love a pretty roo!
I want to raise turkeys, but dear hubby has put his foot down-"No". :)

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