Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Tis the Season

New chicks arrived today!


Last year, because of my pregnancy and morning sickness, we did not order baby chicks. I honestly have missed having the little balls of fluff.



I ordered pullets to replenish my flock of laying hens. I only got 50 total: 25 each of Welsummers and Buff Orpingtons.  Later in the spring I will order meat birds so we can run 2 batches this year.

Since I really didn't feel like keeping a make shift brood box in my kitchen this time, we finally forked out the money for an actual brooder.

We plan to move it to the garage once we get past freezing night time temps, but it has been super handy.  Although the company says day old chicks can walk on the wire floor, they seemed wobbly this morning when I put them inside. I decided a couple of days with paper on bottom would be simple. 

It also has food troughs on the outside, but again I felt it was easiest to use a feeder inside for a day or two. 
The pictures show it with half the top cover removed. It all gets closed up and has slats to vent on the sides. It really is a great to have the chicks warm and cozy inside.

This weekend I plan to get bee boxes cleaned and ready for new packages.

Yes, tis the season of spring!!!!

Happy Wednesday Ya'll!


5 comments:

  1. Great post! I love the chicks. Did they ship with roosters to keep them warm?

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    1. Thanks! No they didn't send roosters since the order was large.

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  2. I loved it when my daughter got chicks. And turkey hatchlings. And ducks. And Japanese quail! They are all so cute as babies, go through the'ugly' stage, then are beautiful grownups!

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  3. I loved it when my daughter got chicks. And turkey hatchlings. And ducks. And Japanese quail! They are all so cute as babies, go through the'ugly' stage, then are beautiful grownups!

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  4. The concept of shipping live baby chicks is so foreign to me. Our postal system in Australia is so bad, non would make it alive :/

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