I was not sure I wanted to get a new flock of birds this year. I wasn’t ready to go through the chick stage. But…two pair of pleading eyes and a pandemic convinced me otherwise. We wouldn’t be going anywhere for awhile, so why not?
We knew we wanted Buff Orpingtons. The two we already have are friendly and docile and good layers.
As it turned out, we were not the only ones in search of Buffs. Every time we called the store they had just sold the last one.
We called a farm supply store a few towns over and they assured us they had 8 Buffs in stock. Ray and the boys hopped in the truck and went to get them while I got their first home ready.
They came home with 2 Buffs and 6 Golden Comets. As chicks, they have a similar appearance, and Ray was just ready to end the search and get the chicks.
Golden Comets are sweet and docile, excellent egg layers and kid-friendly.
Buff Orpingtons are calm and stately, good egg layers and love to be cuddled.
We are very happy with our purchase. The chicks are all about a month or so old now and quickly outgrowing each new “house” we put them in.
The boys are ecstatic and cuddle them all the time. They have even started construction on a small coop for them.
We had planned to move the new birds into the coop and retire the older birds, but the Old Guard must have taken our threats seriously. Since we brought the chicks home, the flock of five has started laying eggs daily again. We may have to try introducing new hens into an old flock and hope it goes better than the last time.