Sirus, Hope & Chicks
Baby chicks arrived! 152 fluffy feathered balls of delight. The dogs, Hope and all of us were excited to see them. The dogs want to pick the chicks up and hold them. This involves rolling them around inside their mouths given the chance. Even though they would then set it back down I discourage this as I don’t think the chicks like that ride. So the dogs put up with enthusiastic sniffing of fluff balls. Remus in particular is quite protective, telling the other dogs to “Be gentle” and “No Touch!”
Usually we get chicks in the much colder weather of winter so they’ll be ready to lay come summer but this year I did it in June, the easy months. We have two lights on for heat but are only using them at night since it is so warm now. They’re in a greenhouse section. When we first get the chicks we dip their beaks in the water and set them down by the waterer. You’ll notice the rocks in the waterer dish – this is to prevent chicks from drowning. The boxes they come in make good draft baffles within the stall. Key is keeping the existing hens and roosters out of the chick are as the older birds have a tendency to kill chicks that are not their own. Once the chicks are bigger they’ll have a creep out to the pastures and ease into mixing.
This year we got New Hampshire Reds, Red Star and Blue Andalusian hens to add to our existing flocks out in the field who perform organic pest control duties as well as breaking up manure patties and providing eggs to supplement the diet of weaner pigs.
Outdoors: 77°F/57°F Sunny, 1/2″ Rain at Night
Tiny Cottage: 73°F/67°F
Daily Spark: A cow does not expect me to go hungry.