Hmm, good thing I didn't make a resolution to be better about blogging, or I'd be seriously failing already... ;-)
I am trying to spread the word about this as much as possible, so I'm posting it here for the chicken folks who read this. I am selling many (most?) of my birds. As much as I would like to continue to raise the four varieties of Rosecombs, it's really not feasible for me to try to take them all with me when I move. None of my current chicken coops can be transported, so I'm going to have to start from scratch (aaaack) and I can't deal with that many birds.
My plan, which is admittedly wishy washy, is to keep the BBRed flock (about 20) plus a handful of Blacks and Brassies for the purpose of crossbreeding with the BBReds as needed. But everything else... most of the Blacks, all the Blues, the extra BBReds, and almost all the Brassies and Blue Brassies... they need to go.
Selling the Brassies and Blue Brassies feels somewhat like cutting off a body part, so if you are under the impression that I really don't want to part with them, you are correct. But if the right person is out there who will continue my 16 years of work with them, I will sell them. Otherwise, I will not. I'm not going to have another Red Pyle incident... where I sold the whole flock and the buyer promptly dropped off the face of the earth, apparently taking the birds with him. I have too much invested in them to let the bloodline disappear. So if there is a serious committed breeder out there who has been admiring them for years and would like to raise them, I will consider offers on the whole flock. Or half the flock. But I will not sell them off one bird at a time.
The whole chicken aspect of the move is really extremely daunting, I keep thinking it would all be pretty easy except for that. But I REALLY want to continue working with the BBReds so I'm determined to make this work somehow. Let me just say, chicken house costs... holy cow. All proceeds from selling birds are going toward a new chicken house.
Anyway, go to my website to see the sale birds.
My new chicken house was pretty reasonable, but I didn't have to pay the carpenters, just kept them fed. All you need is a carpenter who will work for cupcakes.
I so understand your not wanting to sell your birds...I would be the same way!
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