Thursday, August 12, 2010

Covert Chicken Deals, Incubators and Other Oddities

Well, you just never know.

The guy who contacted me about the leghorns had some funky music on his voicemail and called his business something "greens" -- which I incorrectly assumed in my naivete was a grocery store.  We agreed to meet in front of a grocery store we both knew.

The dude was a hippie with dreads, which I totally expected, and brought along a stern looking Russian guy who looked like he could crush a steel pipe in his hands.  The Russian guy was okay and, as I discovered, like birds.  The hippie guy worked (I think) for a medical marijuana store, hence the groovy music and the "greens" -- not to mention the logo on his shirt.  (ahem).  When I took the birds out, both guys went into cooing mode (it's amazing how animals can turn even the sternest folks into big softies).  I explained the types of birds, why they were small and that they would grow and they should expect eggs anytime.  The Russian guy told me he had owned birds when I was asked if they flew and I showed them that I had clipped their wings.  It seems the hippie dude was buying them for his wife and was amazed at how beautiful they were.  They were already naming the birds as I took them out.

Marans Eggs
The hippie guy was short a dollar, but his friend gave me the extra dollar and they took the birds and I pocketed the money. 

That's good, because on the same day, I got 12 Blue Copper Marans, Black Copper Marans, Cuckoo Marans and Blue Orpington eggs in the mail.  They're sitting in the incubator as I write.  Who knows if they'll hatch proper?  These are chocolate egg layers.


  1. Hi, this is my first visit to your blog.

    It is always an interesting experience to deal with 'chicken' people whether buying, selling, trading or giving away. I have sold & given away a few via Craigs List, always curious & a bit cautious when having strangers come here. So far though, it's been ok. The most recent was a couple wanting a silkie rooster. After we caught him, the fellow picked him up & was hugging him up before he put him in the cage in the back of his truck.

    Where do you get Maran's ? I would like a few but the only ones I find on Craigs List are 3 hours drive!!

    Looking forward to reading more of your blog MH!

  2. Hi Michelle!

    I purchased the Marans eggs on Ebay and am now in the process of hatching them. If I get a decent enough flock, I will probably sell hatching eggs and extra chicks once they are old enough.

    I usually end up meeting people at "safe" places in public where it's harder to do anything nefarious.

    Welcome aboard! I'll try to provide interesting content.