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In February of 2009, my husband and I bought our first home located on a few acres in Johnson, Vermont. We live here with our dog, Ollie, two cats: Elvis and Atticus, six Nigerian Dwarf goats: May, Chutney, Poppy, Juniper, Willow, and Jokers Wild, and about fifteen laying hens. And to top it all off we welcomed our daughter, Isabel, into the world on January 11th, 2011.

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Fresh Peeps, Just in Time for Easter!

Lovingly Posted by Melissa Monday, April 5, 2010

Yes!  Our spring chicks arrived on Friday!!  I took the day off in anticipation for their arrival and anxiously waited all day.  I kept myself busy making more flour tortillas (this time I subbed a couple cups of wheat flour for the white in the double batch that I made) and doing other chores around and outside the house.  It wasn't until late afternoon that a big box of three day old chicks showed up at the local post office.

Happily, Thursday night, Kyle and I got the extra large brooder ready to go and picked up a couple fifty pound bags of chick starter.  We cleaned up the water fonts and layed down an old sheet over the shavings to help prevent the chicks from eating it during their first day or so.  So, once we returned from picking them up, we got their fonts filled with slightly-sugared, warm water and went about dipping each chick's beak in the water. 

We didn't bother counting them- although I wish we had now, just so we know exactly how many we ended up with.  But it is alot of peeping chicks.  Looks like the layers are a combination of Red Stars, Buff Orpingtons, and Rhode Island Reds...just guessing by their coloring as we had no option to request certain breeds with this 'Hungry Man Special'.  I'm really looking forward to increasing our egg production and all three of those breeds would be a welcome addition to our farm.

Already, a mere three days later, they are noticably larger and have more feathers.  The broilers are the biggest, which is to be expected, and I'm hoping that in a couple weeks we'll be able to move them outside.  The layers will probably live in the brooder slightly longer, but pretty much as soon as everyone is feathered in they'll be sent outside to live.  The brooder we've got them in is plenty roomy enough for 75-80 chicks, it is nowhere near big enough for 75-80 adolescent birds!

Its nice to have new additions on the farm again, especially ones with such promise.  A few pennies per pound in grain (until the grass really starts growing) and we'll be set for chicken for the year and eggs for years to come.  I love it here.

1 Responses to Fresh Peeps, Just in Time for Easter!

  1. JWLW Says:
  2. Hi Melissa: Chicks look great, nothing like fresh eggs or a home cooked chicken.

    Enjoy the evening,
    John