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. 🙂
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). 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.
A week later I picked up some more fun animals: 2 bronze turkeys, 2 peaking ducks, a few polish chickens, wyandotts, and silkie bantams. They are sooo sweet! We now have 30 chickens total!
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.
Now we need to get a larger coop ready to fit all these new chickens!
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