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January 2012 Vol. 1

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January 2012
Vol. 1

Subscriber Letters

Catherine : My silkies finally laid - 2 eggs, then 2 days later, 1 egg, now a week with nothing. I installed a nice "spring time" light in the roosting area and am sure to keep them happily fed, fresh bedding and water and free range time. We are considering buying some new chicks that are more reliable layers. Any tips? And can you buy as little as 2 at a time? We are in Westchester Co. NY. Thanks Happy Holidays!

My Reply : I'm not sure if it is possible to buy as few as two chicks at a time if they are being shipped because they keep each other warm on the journey so most hatcheries have a minimum number higher than that - and they often also give a few 'extras' (cockerels) for warmth. You may be able to buy only two chicks from a feed/pet/supplies store if they sell them - commonly stocked breeds in stores would probably be the egg laying hybrid breeds such as red / black sex-links. They are often hybrids derived from breeds such as Rhode island reds, Plymouth rocks and Wyandottes. Leghorns are also known to be good layers.

Royce : Royce here from Granite Falls, WA. I have often read from folks inquiring about vet's and the lack of them for their chickens. Sandra in the most recent issue of your newsletter is spot on when she says that vets are often specialized in a certain area of practice. It would probably be helpful for your readers, especially those new to chickens, to know that when it comes to treating sick chickens and seeing a vet, it's simply a matter of economics. Most vets will charge $40-100 just for the first visit. Most chickens can be bought for $20 or less. There are very few folks who will spend $50 or more on a bird that can be pretty easily replaced for $20 or less. Ergo, you just don't find many vets who know anything about poultry.

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