I am thankful this cold weather is on its way out. I enjoy winter, but by the end, I am ready to move on. Moving to the farm has been a huge life changer for us. These first few years will be full of trial and error until we get a system down. Taking care of a horse, donkey, and chickens buried by huge snow drifts is not fun.. But, we signed up for this, we will learn from it, and find smarter ways to deal with the weather next year. The “challenge” aspect of living here is kinda fun. You have to be resourceful, and figure it out as you go. πŸ™‚

A few weeks ago I picked up 16 baby chicks from a feed store in the next town over. I picked up all egg laying hens. I got Buff Orpingtons (brown eggs), Cuckoo Marans (dark brown eggs), and Ameraucanas (blue green eggs). Β The plan is to get enough eggs for our family, some local family, friends, and some to sell. Having different breeds of chickens means different beautifully colored eggs.

This is a neat image I saw on pinterest that shows different egg colors from different chicken breeds.

This is a neat image I saw on pinterest that shows different egg colors from different chicken breeds.

A week later I picked up some more fun animals: Β 2 bronze turkeys, 2 peaking ducks, a few polish chickens, wyandotts, and silkie bantams. They are sooo sweet! We now have 30 chickens total!

All snuggled up!

All snuggled up!

 

The girls love on all these girls every day! :)

The girls love on all these girls every day! πŸ™‚

 

This polish chick already has a pom-pom head thing going on!

This polish chick already has a pom-pom head thing going on!

 

Fulton does not know what to think about these little guys.

Fulton does not know what to think about these little guys.

These ladies grow fast!! We kept them inside for the first week, then Dave built them a bigger box out in the barn with a heat light. They will stay there for the next 5 weeks.

Here's a pretty ameraucana.

Here’s a pretty ameraucana.

Gianna with the baby ducks.

Gianna with the baby ducks.

One of our buffs atending "perch school", as the girls call it, in the new coop. :)

One of our buffs atending “perch school”, as the girls call it, in the new coop. πŸ™‚

Now we need to get a larger coop ready to fit all these new chickens!

Thanks for reading!

-ash

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