great for you!!! I sympathize w/the dog attack. I had to shoot one that was inside my coop (don't know how that happened!) w/a belly full of my hens. Grrrrr! We lost 23 last year, so had to start over this year. I have 82 3.5 wk old chicks of allll kinds right now. THey are just starting to enjoy time outside the 'baby' coop the last few days. I was able to reduce the heat lamp temp rather quickly this time when they were in the brooder, so they feathered out really fast. They are 3/4 feathered already! I actually had to keep them COOL enough the first week, instead of warm enough because it hit 101 here! Very strange, lol. We are raising 25 for a neighbor who didn't have a brooder set up, and 6 hens for my mom. The rest are ours, w/25 being a batch of heavy breed cockerels, and most of them are for meat. The rest are all girls that I picked for their various laying/setting/brooding/mamaing (is that a word?) characteristics. We ordered from McMurray, as I will every time! I typically lose only one chick out of each batch, and that is pretty durn good. I have auracanas, australorps, phoenix, white giants, black stars, red stars, white leghorns, partridge rocks, naked necks (turkens), white crested black polishes, blue andalusians, single comb brown leghorns, golden polish, light brahmas, buff orpingtons, dark cornishes, silver laced wyandotte, and buff rocks! Then there are a bunch I'm not aware of yet (not sure what they are, lol) mixed in w/all the cockerels.
We also just had our 3 guinea hens (one pearl and two sky blue) hatch out a clutch of 18 out of 24 eggs that came from my mom--they are all from pearl and/or splash guineas. One came out the off-white color of the guinea eggs! So cute! We are loving all the babies!!!
Oh, and if you are curious, the entire batch cost $203.11, including shipping. MUCH cheaper to get them shipped if you order a big batch, from what I've seen.
Happy Homesteading Homeschooling Homebirthing Beekeeping Dready (& a bit redneck even) Mama to 4 fab kids : dd (23), dd (13), ds (11), dd (5)