Beautiful Buff Orpingtons
We received our baby buff orpington’s in the mail on August 30, 2010… eight of them. They were only 2 days old when we picked them up from our local post office. OMG, they were so cute and still are. One of them perished just a couple of days after we received them, but the other seven survived and have flourished.
We purchased them online from mypetchicken.com. I highly recommend this company if you decide to delve into the world of backyard chickens. You can read the descriptions of all the different chicken breeds and then pick the ones that have the characteristics you’re looking for. (The heritage breed, banty chickens are adorable.) You can choose to purchase only hens (no roosters) and can order as few as three chicks. Some online chicken hatcheries have a minimum number of chickens that must be ordered. Some as high as twenty-five chicks.
I wrote in an earlier post that we were content with our 8 hens and we wouldn’t be getting anymore. Let me just say that is very tough to do. Chickens make such wonderful pets and they provide us with delicious eggs! We decided it was time to add some youth into our flock. It’s a win-win situation.
One of our older girls fell over dead for reasons unknown to us (no signs) and our little banty chicken is broody. She doesn’t lay eggs anymore and only gets up to eat and drink. The rest of her time is spent sitting on eggs that came from somewhere else. She was sitting on 2 duck eggs, but they didn’t hatch. Now she’s laying on some fertile chicken eggs that a friend gave us. I really hope they hatch because it will make her so happy.
It’s important to always quarantine new chickens that are brought into your yard. We had some cuckoo maran chicks that we were so excited about. They came from a friend’s backyard flock. We kept them quarantined from our yard and other chickens and we are so glad that we did. They ended up getting really sick with a contagious virus they came to us with and they didn’t survive. We would have been even more devastated if they had spread it to our other girls. Click here for a list of poultry ailments from the University of Florida IFAS website.
Our buff orpington’s are just beautiful. They’re so soft, fluffy and incredibly sweet-natured. They always come running up to us and they love to be picked up. I don’t know if they will like to be picked up when they’re older, but they sure like it now. They’re super docile. We let them forage by themselves outside in the yard all day and they get put back in their cage early in the evening. They’re almost ready to be put in their own coop. My husband’s building them a new chicken tractor. This one’s going to be very portable.
Come grow with us!