Tuesday, April 16, 2013

More Info on the Fluffies

So the story behind the fluffies?

Well, some of you know that we had 26 chickens at one point.  At one point, we were down to 20, due to some tragedies and tasty dinners.

Our chickens are for egg laying purposes mostly . We eat the eggs and sell the excess to friends and family (To help pay for chicken feed).  Now a good laying hen normally only keeps laying for about 2 - 3 years, and it takes a hen about 7 months from birth to start laying, so since our hens are encroaching on their first birthday, we thought it might be a good idea to get a new batch started.  We gathered up 32 eggs and put them in our incubator (pictures to come) and waited.

And 21 days later, 13 of them hatched!  That's not a very good hatch percentage, but we're still new at this and hope for better success next time.  In the meantime, we have some very cute fluffies. They're living in a kiddy pool right in front of our front door (that people hardly ever use).  They'll go out to the coop in a few weeks.

A friend of mine also promised me 30 + Americana eggs to incubate (Starting Friday  4/19/13) so we'll have some chickies of a different breed, too.   She doesn't have an incubator and so we'll be splitting the hatching. I get some and she gets some.   So  21 - 23 days from Friday, be on the lookout for some new fluffies!

 Also, we wanted more fluffies than we thought we would need because you never know what gender you're getting from a hatching, and of course, roosters don't lay eggs. So any fluffy that starts to crow will end up dinner.  :) 


  1. Ah, fun! I hope that your Americana Eggs hatch--they lay quite nicely. :-)

    Just remember to keep one rooster, as they do protect the flock.

  2. All roosters, keep your beaks shut if you know what's good for you! :)