I got a phone call 6:30 AM Thursday morning from the post office. Our little peepers were in! Come and get them
Our new Chicken shed in transit. Found a John Deere wagon running gear on Craigs list for $200. Ended up spending another $184.00 on 4 good used tires.
I saw a set up like this on a local CSA. The birds free range during the day and spend the night in the shed, so as not to be eating by coyote’s , racoons etc. @ night.
I had the new chicken shed all set up with two heat lamps, 2 feeders, and a new waterier. The day the chicks arrived it was windy and cold…even with the heat lamps I was concerned it might be too cold for the chicks so I did what any farmer would do trying to keep the baby animals alive…brought them into the house. In this case, our living room
I was talking with Janaan a farmer’s wife earlier this week. She told us, her husband had brought, baby pigs, chicks, sheep and even a baby calf into their basement to get them started.
60 baby chicks are in that box just waiting to get out
Here’s what they look like when you pop open the lid
baby chicks spending the night in our living room under the heat lamp
Yes we really do have 60 baby chicks in our living room.
At the water cooler
eating some tasty organic chick starter
birds eye view
Whatch you look’n at???
Here’s some pictures I grabbed of the Internet to get an idea what the chicks will look like when they mature:
Silver- laced Wynadotte
What I would really like to look into now is growing our own non-genetically modified chicken feed for next season…any of you reading this ever come up with your own chicken feed recipe? Talk to me. We have an acre and 1/4 of ground behind the barn just sitting there doing nothing. DM
Update 4/20/2012 This post originally appeared on my other blog last week/ (it has more to do with things around our acreage) Let me know if you’d like a link to that blog and I will get it for you. Thought some of you might get a kick out of the little baby chick pictures. DM