Yep. We are in full- on baby mode, baby!! But don’t tell anyone, k?
Now, don’t go all lecturing me. I mean, I was really good last time, wasn’t I?
This wasn’t entirely what I had planned, but I think it’s going to be ok.
These are all bantams (which means they are small), so I figure it’s a 2-for-1 deal. And, since they were straight run (as in, not sexed) they could all be boys, in which case they will then be rehomed somewhere not here.
Chicken math strikes again!
They laugh at me down there. I had her go digging and counting chicken toes.
Yep. Toes. Not all chickens have the same amount of toes. I know you are shocked to learn this. The ones I wanted had to have 5 feathered toes.
She counted toes and put the ones that had enough into a separate little box. Then, I picked the ones I wanted and home we went. It only took us about 30 minutes or so.
The original plan was to get 3 more full-size girls; one more Production Red (so Roxy won’t be alone any more) and two more Easter Eggers (to balance out the ratio of blue/green to brown eggs), and get 3 Silkies. That would be my 6.
Because I am Kobayashi Maru Option 3 Girl, I called the other livestock store and they said that I could tack on my Silkies after chick days. Every year, they run out of chicks. They order around 2,000 chicks and last year, they were completely sold out by 10 am of the first actual day. When I got down there the day before, over 300 chicks were already gone. So I wasn’t surprised to learn the following afternoon that they had sold out in the morning.
When that happens, as it does every year, they put in a huge order for those that missed out, and that allows folks to get smaller numbers of chicks. Hatcheries have a standard number for orders, depending on the size and the kind of chicks. Some numbers also vary depending on where they are shipping.
Most places, though, have a standard order of 25 chicks. And, as a rule, bantams require more because they are smaller, and chicks need higher heat to survive, particularly when shipped.
Now, my dilemma was this: chick days are nearing an end. Even though the livestock store said I could order a few bantams, chances are good that they would place the order and get a call back from the hatchery telling them they couldn’t ship that few bantams.
That would leave me with Tractor Supply getting a single remaining shipment of chicks, which might not include Silkies.
I really had settled on white and blue Silkies, but given that there was a chance I might not be able to get any at all, you can easily see why I ended up with the ones I did, right?
At this point, the best guess is that I ended up with two different breeds;
Nope, that is not a Silkie. Can you see the difference?
Silkies have dark skin, while Sultans are yellow-skinned. Silkies can also be bearded and/or muffed whereas Sultans are both bearded and muffed. They basically have all the throw off traits of all the other breeds of chickens, which, while they may not be breed standards, are just fine by me! They also have a standard size, and aren’t broody like Silkies can often be.
I figured they are close enough, which made it worth the risk. I figure if half of them are female, I’ll be really happy. I’ll be a bit annoyed if they all turn out to be boys, but that could very well be the way it goes.
But, for the time being, I’m very happy to have babies again! Squeee!