Chick Check – Thursday’s the BIG DAY!

Chicka chicka wa wa… get to pick up the day-old chicks on thursday Thursday THURSDAY!

I seriously cannot express how excited I am right now.  I’m picking them up from Eggplant in St Paul after work on Thursday (did I mention I’m getting them on Thursday?).  I have 6 chicks on reserve.  Here’s the breeds.

Have any ideas on names?

2 – Buff Orpington
Originally bred in England, cold-hardy, large friendly golden birds of quiet disposition, reliable layers of large brown eggs.
Size: 6 lbs
Egg: Brown
Cost: $4.00
Day old Buff Orpington chicks Buff Orpington Hen
1 – California White
Classic American breed, great for backyard flocks; hardy, prolific layers. A beautiful white chicken with a docile temperament, very productive white egg-layer, with a larger body than a Leghorn. New at Egg|Plant this year.
Size: 4 – 4.5 lbs
Egg: White
Cost: $3.50
Day-old California White chicks California White Hen
2 – Gold Stars
Also called Red Star or Golden Comet, these chickens are guaranteed to be female because, unlike most breeds, female chicks are a different color than male chicks. A hardy, docile bird, easy to work with, and a very good layer.
Size: 4 – 4.5 lbs
Egg: Brown
Cost: $3.50
Day-old Gold Star chicks Gold Star Hen
1 – Rhode Island Red
Classic American breed, great for backyard flocks, hardy, prolific layers, calm disposition, lustrous, rich, dark red color with a black tail.
Size: 5 – 5.5 lbs
Egg: Brown
Cost: $3.50
Day-old Rhode Island Red chicks Rhode Island Red Hen

10 thoughts on “Chick Check – Thursday’s the BIG DAY!

  • April 11, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    My friends named their chickens, “Sunday Dinner”, “Monday Dinner”, etc. It helped their children avoid getting too attached to them as pets. YMMV

  • April 11, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    I was thinking “Extra Crispy”, Original Recipe”, “Jerk”, and my favorite “Buffalo”

  • April 11, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    I’m really gonna need some help with that – the whole not getting attached to them thing 🙁 But, gotta say “Buffalo” is a really cute name for a chicken. Chris – Did your friends butcher their chickens?

  • April 11, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Sounds like I may have to start adopting chickens. I know I’ll get attached to them!

  • April 11, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    I am SO happy to see others suggested the names I was thinking! My fingers were so tempted to write these names the other night but out of fear of being banished from this blog, I thought better. 😉

    My friend Larry had a couple of steers throughout the years and even though he didn’t have TO much remorse from butchering & enjoying a nice juicy steak, his other half refused to partake in the beef dinner. This couple is known for their strong mental fortitude too! As mentioned, it might be easy to get attached to the feathered critters.

  • April 11, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Yay Shelly! Your first comment, super impressed! I know, it’s going to be a big learning experience for me with these cute little guys;)

  • April 13, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Oh… I see now! are you getting straight run or layers? You should have a good amount of eggs with all the choices you have made if they are pullets!

    Good plan with the chicken wire over the tub since your getting California Whites.. they like to fly!

  • April 14, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    Hey Annette! I got pullets so *fingers crossed* I don’t get any roosters. We SOOO excited for the eggs. We’ve been perfecting our omelet technique. And I finally don’t have to feel guilty about using all the eggs for popovers:-)

    Thanks for the tip on the CA Whites!! What’s one of your favorite egg dishes?

  • April 16, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Hi Colleen..
    Thanks for sharing and letting me tag-a-long!

    I like my eggs, fried; with toast and strawberry jam when available. Otherwise, I use the eggs for baking and selling… (gotta pay for feed!!)

    Fresh eggs are yummy, everyone knows, but your own… mmmm I remember my first.. soooo good!

    Also I was thinking about the naming of your birds –how about after queens or first ladies since they are to be pullets…

  • April 17, 2012 at 7:21 AM

    Yum, fried eggs with toast. I’m hunrgy. I like your royalty names idea Annette!

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