The conversation started out with a bit of a joke. "Donde estan los blancos?" (Where are the whites?) Me: "In the freezer now!"
In case anyone has a doubt, yes my neighbors are Mexican. Their English is better than my Spanish, but I still try to remember what I learned in high school (maybe not so much what I learned on the factory assembly lines, though). It gets amusing for both of us when one or the other flubs up a word.
She knows I have chicks on order, and was asking about Ideal's specials. I told her the current specials are for a different ship date (the 14th) and I am waiting for mine to ship on the 21st, so Thursday or Friday I will know the specials. I think I will place a call up to Lynn up the highway who asked to be let in on a chick order as well.
Maria also asked what I am ordering this time, so I pointed to Feyd, my beautiful Golden-Laced Wyandotte rooster, and told her "Twenty-five more como el! Y 25 rojos por comer." She calls the Cornish-Rock nuggets "los blancos grandes" and I translated red broilers as "rojos por comer".
|SIX pullets, not five and a cockerel|
|all 6 cockerels, but |
the red one is blending in with the leaves
So those are my chosen breeds: Golden-Laced Wyandottes, partridge Plymouth Rocks, and Silkies as incubators, with red broilers and assorted egg-laying hens. I won't bother with keeping a red broiler cockerel (I believe those are a specific cross-breed like the nuggets?) since I will have a partridge Rock rooster anyway.
The electric netting fence is out for delivery today ... I kind of feel sorry for the UPS driver bringing it, as this is not one of my lightweight yarn boxes. Hubby is now leaning toward building only tractors, with electric perimeter to protect against the land-based predators. I'll reserve judgement until I see what he comes up with for a layer tractor, although the broodies will need stationary pens for setting a nest.
So that is where our chicken plans sit for right now.