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Re: 1st time:raising chicks NEED INFO

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Posted by ed on March 02, 2001 at 20:36:05 from (

In Reply to: 1st time:raising chicks NEED INFO posted by cntryhom on February 28, 2001 at 11:44:51:

I have read all the info and It sounds good. My question would be do you have kids? If so, the best thing that you could teach them is from growing your own chickens from the egg. There are alot of adds for a small incubater in mag's like Mother earth news. Put an add in your local newspaper looking for eggs to hatch and get ready for the calls. I think the incubater will take only for eggs but it is worth it to see your kids eyes when the see them hatch. A neighbor hatched out some mallard ducks and the kids just went wild with the process. He also had 7 little new kids following him around all summer. I plant crops just down the road and to see those ducks fly nearly head high and hear then is realy inspiring! He let them go on their own and they flew south last fall. I hope he does the same thing this year, and I hope the others come back. My ideal chicken would be the road island red for a standard breed, with the buff white or black orpingtons (they make a nice lawn orniment). If you want an different kind of layer I would get the oraconas. They are the ones that lay the green and pink eggs. They are big and somewhat wild. The eggs are no different on the inside, and they taste like chicken too. I hope this advice helps you out. Ed

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