It was nearly a month ago that we decided to get 6 chicks to add to our flock. Supplies of chicks in the farms stores were already running low but when my husband called me from our local Tractor Supply Store and asked me what I thought about getting 6 straight run Australorp chicks. I said “let’s do it”.
Normally we only buy pullets (females) and choose breeds that are good layers. Australorps are one of the breeds we already have in our flock and since we lost our rooster in November buying straight run (unsexed) chicks would give us a good chance of getting at least one replacement rooster.
Ranger was quite curious about the babies. We could only let him look from a distance because when we let him see close up he wanted to bite or eat them.
Last week the chicks were mostly feathered out so they made the move to the farm. During the day time they were in this fenced enclosure with netting over top. We also left their crate there in case they need to get in out of the weather. At night time they would go into their crate then into the coop with the rest of the flock. They are adapting well to life on the farm even on these cooler days and cold nights.
For the past few days my husband has left the enclosure open so the chicks could roam around the chicken yard. Last night they all made it into the coop on their own.
Then this afternoon I found them all hanging out on the roosts in the coop. They are growing up so fast. 🙂
As they have grown it has become apparent that at least some are not Australorp chicks. The Australorp should be solid black; not black and white striped as the one in the front is.
They also do not have feathered feet as three of these chicks do. Whatever breed(s) these birds are they seem to be hardy and intelligent, so we are pleased with them so far. It will be a while before we know for sure how many are roosters and how many are hens, but we are hoping for one or two roosters. That would be ideal for our flock. I am looking forward to hearing that cock-a-doodle-doo again.
The rest of the flock has really been enjoying spring.
This made me laugh to see them all lined up along this ditch. They were scratching up the dead leaves to find grubs and bugs. Yumm! Good eatin’!
Inside The Hoop House
The plants in the flats will be transplanted in the garden(s) once the weather breaks.
The plants in the boxes will be harvested as they grow. I expect to start harvesting small amounts of lettuce and spinach in about 7 to 10 days.
Another Spring Chore
The weather was warm and sunny on Friday so I decided to clean up the beach area. I needed to rake the leaves out of the water.
Even though the air temperature was warm, the water was still frigid, so I needed to wear my boots.
Trooper, on the other hand, thought the water was just fine,
and after getting a cool drink he decided to relax while I finished the job.
Have you got a garden started?