This year we ordered some new chicks from Tractor Supply Center and they were delivered nice and healthy from Hoover's Hatchery. Between, great customer service as the Light Brahmas were not going to be ready to ship with the barred rocks. They reached out and asked us if we wanted to wait for them to come together. Of course we did just to keep the chicks at the same age and size.
Here on the farm we keep only a few different types of chickens. It was going to be Light Brahmas, Dark Cornishes, and Buff Orpingtons. Unfortunately, our pup Umma Lumma, has a thing for chicken and the number of Dark Cornishes have dwindled. To make things a little easier in our hectic, busy life we are only doing two breeds. After careful discussion we decided to switch out the orpingtons for the barred rocks.
*Dual Purpose Meat/Eggs
*Large, Brown or Light Brown Eggs
*About 280 eggs a year
*Easy to sex at hatching
*Not normally broody
Out of the ten barred rock chicks that we received, we have 4 that are pullets, 4 that are definitely cockerels, and 2 that could go either way. As the weeks go by we are excited to see how close we were to being correct. Plus, we just added 8 blue barred rock pullets to our barred flock. Looking forward to chicks for next spring 2021.
Have you ordered or brought chicks this year? What type are your all time favorite? Do you raise your own or let the hens go broody? We would love to hear from you on how you handle your flock. Blessings from us to you.