Selecting Spring Chicks

Murray McMurray’s April 1st selection of available chicks is indeed slim pickin’s. Hope you’re looking males only, because everything else is unavailable or of limited quantity. If you’re not looking for anything too specific, there are some choices.

Towards the end of April availability improves, especially for the more popular breeds. You can see their hatching schedule HERE.

Selection is skimpy, but it does buy me time to decide what I want.  The big question is how many. All the chicks I want are sold in a straight run only, meaning a minimum of 25 chicks & they aren’t sexed. This is a huge problem, I’ll be the one for sure to get what I can’t have… 24 roosters. That presents an even bigger problem, what to do with them!

City ordinance states NO ROOSTERS, however, I hear roosters crowing in the neighborhood every day, hmmm… my law abiding nature is indeed being tested.

Jojo
This is Jojo, my 1/2 Silkie cross

The ideal situation for me would be to have Silkie hens and one Rooster. There is a market for Silkies here in Phoenix and I’d love to breed and sell them.  What I need is a Silkie stud service.  I wonder if there’s a Rooster for Rent category on Craigslist… checking now. Think?

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Author: amy elizabeth, TBN Ranch

amy elizabeth is a Backyard Chicken-Keeping Advocate & Consultant, Vintage Collector, & Author.

4 thoughts on “Selecting Spring Chicks”

  1. I only have that one…and she’s only 1/2 Silkie. I think she’s 1/2 Frizzle and 1/2 Silkie… so she’s a Sizzle! ha ha She is probably the sweetest hen I have. Changing laws are almost impossible, and the effort involved is horrendous.

  2. That is a good-looking hen!

    I know people with a rooster that doesn’t crow. And yes, they are positive it is a rooster. It is a cochin and several people on BYC said that they also have cochin roos that don’t crow. Interesting idea – trying to reproduce this trait on purpose for people having backyard chickens in places with restrictions.

  3. Jojo is so cute. Once I get my colored eggs down, I’m going to have to try some incredible breeds, like your Silkies.
    Maybe it’s time for a change in the city ordinance, I wonder if that’s possible and how long it would take?

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