Chick Days Have Arrived!
In case you missed it, in our last Homestead Update I mentioned that we brought home some new chicks the week before last! They are now a little over two weeks old so a bit larger and less fluffy than seen in these photos. I absolutely love chick days. It’s such a hopeful and exciting time in the final days of winter and early days of spring. If you have ever walked through a feed store and peered into the bins of peeping chicks, you know how irresistible they are.
My fiancee, Kyle, and I decided to purchase 26 more pullet chicks to celebrate our engagement! They are a mix of breeds, though only one new kind for me, the Cinnamon Queen. Our egg production is going to continue to increase each year as we have realized this past autumn the demand for pasture raised eggs in our area is real! Our hope is to eventually house up to 100 hens in our new coop, which I will be sharing the construction of on here as soon as it starts. I know many of you are looking for help when it comes to building a new coop from the ground up! We have always just built our coops into existing buildings, so this will be a creative opportunity for us.
This year we added four more breeds to our mix: ameraucanas (I have two already!), sapphire gems (our head hen Loretta is one!), cinnamon queens, and a yellow breed I am hoping are Buff Orpingtons but I really have no idea. It will be a fun surprise once they begin to feather! Either way they were labeled as a “heavy brown egg layer” so I can’t be too far off.
We are brooding them in our Country Store inside a giant metal feed bin. I’ve been using the same brooder style for the past handful of years, and it works really well especially for when the chicks get big enough to jump and fly out of the bin. Once that happens, we will put some chicken wire or hardware cloth over the top to prevent any escapes. These chicks will be ready to leave the brooder by the second week of April. That means eggs by August! I am really excited to have more blue eggs added to our basket.
Are you thinking of adding backyard chickens to your own homestead? Sharing our love of chickens is one of my favorite topics to write about and educate others on. I am really excited to begin teaching courses on keeping backyard chickens over the fall semester at Kirkwood Community College. For now, though, I do have a really amazing online course that you can take right now! It’s 11 Lessons that include everything you need to know about raising chickens from hatch to death. Learn how to build the perfect coop, what to feed them naturally, how to care for them when they are ill or injured, when to expect eggs and how to store them properly, and more. I wrote it all out so that you can get the best head start possible! The course gives you lifetime access to all of the lessons and even includes a Q+A Board where you can ask me any questions you have at any time.
For the rest of the month of March I will be sharing all of my chick related tips and tricks with you here on the blog! It is going to be Chick Month here at Under A Tin Roof while I raise these new babies and prepare them for life here on our farm. I am really excited to share all of the best chick information with you!!
My course Finding Your Flock is $25.00 - I am offering 25% off now through March 30th to all of our blog readers. Just use the code CHICKDAYS15 to receive your discount!
Be sure to check out our other blog posts on raising chicks and keeping backyard hens below: