We are “go” for chickens!
I’ve been trolling Craigslist for weeks and quickly determined that given how little I know about chickens, buying my first batch of pullets from a state inspected breeder was probably the best route. Fast forward to Tuesday of this week. I took off work early and drove 45 minutes to Fowl Weather Farm, a not so distant breeder that seemed to fit the bill. The young proprietress of Fowl Weather Farm was helpful and professional and we ended the day Tuesday with four new friends and Chicken Mission accomplished!
I had intended to buy at least two Dominique (pronounced dominicker) pullets and was open to the breed of the other two ladies. I ended up with two Barred Rocks and two Black Sex Links. Black Sex Links aren’t kinky. A Black Sex Link is a cross between a Rhode Island Red Rooster and a Barred Rock hen. You can tell what sex the chicken is by the coloring around its neck, hence the moniker of “sex link”. And although their name shows a stunning lack of imagination, all should be great laying hens. The Barred Rocks look just like a Dominique to the untrained eye, but apparently lay slightly larger eggs. Eggs being the driving force behind this chicken mission, I was fickle and opted for the Barred Rocks. I have an egg dependency, you see. I’m not ashamed of it.