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More Chickens

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We have decided to take the plunge. Cyndie has placed the order, I have re-mounted the heat lamp in the brooder, and the chicks are due to arrive at our Post Office this week.

The online chick source has already delivered the starter food Cyndie ordered.

We are getting excited. The first time was a lot more stressful, but with one year of experience behind us, we are feeling a fresh confidence in our chances of raising more chickens.

We certainly haven’t eliminated the potential hazards, but we know that we can deal with the possibilities of worst outcomes. More importantly, we know the joy that happy and healthy chickens bring.

With our Buff Orpington showing such impressive endurance, we ordered three more of that breed. For added diversity, Cyndie also picked out two new breeds: Golden Laced Wyandottes and Black Australorps will soon be bringing their glorious colors to our world.

They will also be bringing us more eggs, eventually.

That’s all well and good, but you know me, I’m more excited about the potential for their devouring ticks and flies.

Here’s hoping for some healthy, hearty chicks. Let the “cheep-cheeping” commence!

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Written by johnwhays

March 13, 2018 at 6:00 am

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  1. be prepared to keep them separated. new and old don’t always get along right away

    David R

    March 14, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    • Yes, thank you! We have a rough plan in our heads for the gradual familiarization process. Hoping the first three will be quick adopters of our plan for total acceptance.

      johnwhays

      March 14, 2018 at 8:05 pm

  2. Golden Laced Wyandottes are so pretty! We had some in our very first batch. Good luck to you!! We also have 25 new chicks arriving in a couple weeks. And if you want to try a rooster, we have three of them right now…😉

    Liz

    March 14, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    • Rooster… Not yet. 25 is a lot of little butts to watch over. We are hoping our brooder in the barn will be a match for overnight temps. Didn’t seem as cold for us last year.

      johnwhays

      March 14, 2018 at 1:49 pm

  3. Yay!! Can’t wait to meet them!!

    Sara Friswold

    March 13, 2018 at 7:45 am

    • It will soon be mud season at Wintervale, and visit baby chicks season, too!

      johnwhays

      March 13, 2018 at 9:04 am


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