Because one can never have enough projects… I’ve decided to hatch some chickens from eggs. I’ll be posting their progress with pictures on this blog, so follow along if you’d like. Before this I had to do a bit of research. Was I allowed to have chickens on my property? How many? What about roosters? Did I have a good spot and enough space for a coop? Did I have the necessary skills to build a coop? Do I have the time to devote to caring for the chickens? These are all questions you must ask yourself before embarking on this type of project. Luckily for me, I’ve already got the zoning ok, and the coop built.
Next thing to decide, what type of chicken did I want to keep? Usually people keep chickens either for their eggs or for their meat. There are breeds of chickens that have been bred to be good at one or the other, you have your layer chickens and your broilers. Eggs are what I’m after so that narrowed down the field some. I like the idea of colorful eggs, and there are chickens that lay blue, green, chocolate brown, and all shades in between.
In the end, I settled on a mixture of Black Copper Marans, Blue Copper Marans, Ameraucana and “Olive Eggers” (a cross between the Ameraucana and Maran). I’ve also got some Seramas, a type of miniature chicken from Malaysia, just for fun. Sometimes fertilized eggs are the only way to get these uncommon breeds, and that’s pretty much the case here.
All but the Seramas are coming from a breeder in Illinois. The Seramas are from my mom’s flock, and they are adorable! The next post will be about selecting and setting up an incubator.