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RE: Poultry in the Parlor

  • To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
  • Subject: RE: Poultry in the Parlor
  • From: "Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CS/SCOSI" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
  • Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2009 07:23:33 -0800
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  • Thread-topic: [CHAT] Poultry in the Parlor

You can mail-order chicks in an amazing variety of breeds and specify
pullets only so you don't have to sell any roosters. You pick them up at
the post office. I have never had any dead or injured chicks and we've
been doing that now and again for 25 years. The minimum quantity for
mail-order with Murray McMurray is 25 chicks; I don't know if others
have smaller limits. Maybe if you didn't want that many you could sell a
few to the feed store right when they come in, then you wouldn't get
attached to them.
Last time we bought our chicks in late summer so we didn't have to worry
so much about heat lamps, and they started laying as soon as spring
rolled around. And this batch has kept laying right through winter
unlike our previous ones, maybe because they're younger, but it's been


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Jesse Bell
Sent: Wednesday, January 14, 2009 6:53 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Poultry in the Parlor

Exactly - creepy people come to get my roosters and I just can't do
Feed store won't special order for me, they just get a certain kind,
year, and when they're gone, they're gone.  I have Silver Laced
and I love them.  The only place I could find them anywhere NEAR my
was Lebanon, Missouri - which is a three hour drive from my place, and I
can't do it on a weekend cause they aren't open, and I have to take off
work.  The thought of mailing them - and losing a baby in transit -
makes me
cringe.  I'm such a wimp when it comes to animals.  Can't stand to see
get hurt or lose one.  BUT - that hatchery will sell a 15 minimum of
pullets, so I may try it this year.  We'll see.  Gonna wait until it
up a bit.  Raising chicks in my laundry room is a mess.

On 1/14/09, Daryl <dp2413@comcast.net> wrote:
> Jesse,
> I mail-order day-old chicks from Ideal or Murray McMurray, or I'll ask
> feed store to order some pullets along with the Easter chicks and
> Ideal often has specials, and will ship less than 25 at a time, unlike
> McMurray, though McMurray has more rare breeds and they're fun to fool
> sometimes.
> I gave up hatching because of the surplus roosters. I couldn't eat
> and they were hard to get rid of except to creepy men with no teeth
> would grab them by the legs and stuff them in a crate. I couldn't do
that to
> any of the boys again.
> I tried something new this year. I bought my chicks in August, so they
> in a box on the screened porch instead of in the dining room.
> d
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Jesse Bell" <justjess01@gmail.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 2009 9:12 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Poultry in the Parlor
> OMG...I can SO relate.  Last year I raised TWO batches of chicks in my
>> laundry room.  And now - somebody stop me - I'm ready to do another
>> this spring because I need more egg layers.  I have 8 hens and I have
>> many orders for eggs that I can't keep up with it all.  People want
>> fresh eggs and word got around at my job that I have them.  I can
>> keep enough for myself! (I have become the "Egg Pimp")  The problem
>> this is that I have no idea how many hens will hatch, and how many
>> roosters.
>> I don't NEED anymore roosters.  "Mr. Mojo" is a handful and I have to
>> him in his place on a weekly basis.  He doesn't like anybody in there
>> his "women" and he'll come running at me.  I bop him on the head and
go on
>> about my business of feeding - but he tries it again a week later.
>> rooster.  It's expensive to drive to a hatchery to buy pullets - and
>> sure it's really worth it.  One of my young hens is turning into a
>> "brooder"
>> so I know she'll sit on some eggs if I let her.  To hatch, or not to
>> hatch...that is the question of the day.
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