Yesterday I ran some errands and stopped by our local Orshclen’s (farm supply store) and immediately upon walking in the door, I hear the peeping. Yep, the first round of baby chicks have arrived! Every spring, they get in baby chickens and bunnies (I think even some ducks!). My children love this time of year as they can go in and pet/hold these tiny creatures. I live in a rural farming community, so most folks would think of these critters as livestock. This would be our foray into quasi-homesteading.
We have been talking about getting started in chicken farming since last year. Supposedly chickens are easy to raise and care for. Since I’ve never had live chickens, it’s a bit intimidating and overwhelming to me when you consider we need a coop, heat lamps, what do they eat?, etc… Thankfully yesterday another couple walked up to look at the chicks and they already had chickens – so being my ‘shy’ self (NOT!) I asked them some questions and they were very helpful and kind. (thanks stranger couple for your helpful advice!)
I came home and mentioned to Mark about the chickens and to begin chicken farming. He still seemed to like the idea of us getting chickens – so stay tuned as we work out what type of coop we will have (more for nightime safety), how to best go about allowing them to be free range chickens, yet still keep them safe from predators, and which breed(s) to get – and how many! Who knew chicken raising had so much to think about and consider. The children are certainly excited.