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Fat chickens

A few weeks ago we bought some more baby birds.  We bought about a dozen chickens, four ducklings, and three baby turkeys.  The first 24 hours we lost two of the ducks.  🙁 About the second week into raising the birds, I noticed two very large chicks.  They were almost as big as the baby turkeys.  What are these…

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The million dollar egg

Our first set of hens are 16 weeks old.  While doing chores this evening, I checked their nest boxes, not expecting a thing.  I’ve read hens start laying between 16-24 weeks.  I took a double take when I saw this egg.  I really wasn’t expecting anything for another month. I cheered. I ran.  I jumped up and down!  Our first…

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First Time Free Ranging Hens

Remember we moved our chickens to their final coop?  We kept them in the coop for two days straight so they would know that this is their new home.  Then one evening, we opened the coop door to let them explore outside, on their own, for the first time.  They were slow to exit the coop and we had…

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Moving Chickens, Again

I told you we’d move those feathered friends again!  We caught all 11 hens and moved them from their small chicken tractor into a bigger, permanent coop.  I missed some cool moments with the camera, so use your imagination.  First, I held a barred rock and my five year old petted her and felt her feet and claws.  She…

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Spring Preview for the Chickens

The weather this weekend made us all think of spring.   Too bad it is only early February.  Days like this weekend make me think how much more fun farming will be come spring.  No more bundling up against frigid winds to check on things!  I can’t wait.  🙂 Hubby spent most daylight hours digging holes for fence posts.  That will be another…

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Moving Chicks

Have you noticed we move our animals around a lot?  Me too.  We try to keep them as safe as possible when they are young, which means they often need moved as they get bigger.  We moved the pigs, we moved the sheep, we moved the guardian dogs, and now we have moved the chicks.  This was the first…

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One month chicks

We’ve had our chicks for one month.  Here is a quick update. They grow quickly!  They have lots of feathers on their wings.  Their tail feathers are about an inch long.   They still have some fur on their heads and back. They are starting to grow combs. They are getting the hang of flying short distances. They love…

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Peek a chick

The chicks are growing quickly so I decided to give them more room by cutting a new door in their brooder.  This gives them access to the rest of the chicken coop.  The first day, a couple of brave chicks walked through the door.  By the third day, all the chicks were enjoying exploring outside the brooder.  The ladies…

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5 days in, 4 chicks down

The chicks have been home for 5 days. The first night, we lost two.  The second night, we lost another one.  Thankfully, these were under the 48 hour live guarantee so we got a refund.  The third day we found another dead chick.  I’ve now developed a fear of walking over to the brooder because it is no fun to come…

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Chicks in the Mail

Get it?  Chicks in the mail? The chicks arrived at our post office this morning, less than 48 hours from being born.  I had to order at least 15 birds for them to ship in January.  In warmer months the minimum order is 3.  They huddle together to keep warm. Thankfully hubby was able to run and pick them…

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