How old are they? We'd love a couple of hens, if they're currently laying - we have 10 baby Speckled Sussexes who haven't started to lay yet, and will be starting a dozen guineas next weekish (whenever they hatch and arrive). We have a 2000 square foot area that houses two pigs - then coop is in a protected area within the fenced in part (a fence within a fence) the chickens are free to leave if they can get out, which they do (there are chicken-sized holes but not pig-sized holes and the chickens aren't intimidated by the electric wire than keeps the pigs from testing the fence). I just herd them back in at night. We'd love to have a couple of instant-gratification chickens, egg-wise. We're newbies to livestock, but have a decent amount of support from friends with more experience than we do.
Are you hoping for cash or trade in exchange for them? I could trade jam/pickles/other preserves or, if you're diversifying livestock, I've ordered more guineas than I really need - I'd be happy to brood a couple for you.
the hens are about 8-10 months old. I would be happy to get a couple of hens to you. They are 10 ea. and I would through in a rooster for free. I am ok for trade at this time. do you prefer white or brown layers, any breed?
Awesome! I'm not very particular about egg color or breed, as long as they can be assumed to be reasonably hardy in our winters. They'll have a safe, weatherproof coop, but I'm not planning to heat it (I know some people who do). I'd actually rather not have a rooster right now, because I'm trying to not aggravate my neighbors too much (I'm allowed to have livestock, but don't want to pick any fights).
Re. trade - I have jam of various kinds, dill and bread and butter pickles, pickled beets, canned plums, canned pears, sauerkraut, dilly beans (lacto), and lacto-fermented carrots right now. Any of that sound good? What seems like a reasonable quantity for trade? I generally sell pints for $4-5 (we'll be selling at market hopefully this summer. last year it was just at CSA pickup) - would 4 or 5 pints of whatever you want for two chickens work for you?
oops, sorry. what i meant was I don't need any trade right now. is that ok with you? unless of course you want to trade chicken feed :)
i understand the thing about the rooster, i have to many right now is my problem.
so my three strategies (tell me which would be better) are - cat carrier, which might be a little low-ceilinged, large dog carrier (normally for pigs) which is probably too large for their comfort), or rubbermaid-type bin with hay on the bottom, which would look silly but be just about right, I think. I have a station wagon, so there's plenty of room in the car.
My availability is:
today: 10-2, any time after 5
tomorrow (Thursday): 12:30-3:30, anytime after 5:30
Friday and for the enxt week: any time, really.