Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Nothing Says Spring Like New Chicks!
Oh yes.....we have quite a few new additions this spring! We bought 17 new chicks at our local feed & seed store and ordered another 20. We bought Black Australorps, Buff Orpingtons, Barred Rocks and put our order in for some White Rocks and Cornish X Rock broilers. Yes, I said broilers. After taking some time to think carefully about it earlier this year, we decided to go ahead and give it a try.
We're starting with a dozen broilers and we'll see how it goes. If all goes well, we'll reorder and do it again. These other 20 or so hens will be for eggs. After lots of reading up on chickens, these specific breeds seem to be the best year round egg layers. Once they get started we should have enough eggs to supply the neighborhood, lol!
I love it when at Easter time we have about 100 or so eggs saved up for dyeing....so fun! The brown speckled eggs make by far the prettiest Easter eggs - the color is much richer. This is the first Easter in several years that we haven't had our own eggs, so I'll be really happy when these girls start laying this fall!
Right now, for the couple of weeks that they are cute little chicks, we'll time spend playing with them, feeding and watering them, keeping them warm, keeping them protected, letting them peck around in the grass until they're big enough to move into the big girl pens, and taking pictures because they'll be big girls in a flash!
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