And so it begins…
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We are actually farmers!

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It seems so fitting that our first batch of chicks should arrive of the first day of Spring. Granted, there was snow on the ground and the temperature outside didn’t exactly bring to mind cuddly chicks and Easter bunnies, but they came none the less!

Prior to their arrival, John had to clean out the brooder where the chicks will live till they are mature enough to move out to pasture. This entailed scooping out all the old sawdust and litter, catching several mice who decided to make there home there over the winter, and laying out a new, fresh layer of sawdust. As you can see, Moses was happy to help!

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The chicks seem to like their new home and the kids are excited to have them here. We’ve encountered some challenges as to the best settings for the heaters to keep them safe and happy, but all part of the learning experience. Who would have thought we would have twenty degree nights at the end of March!

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Exploring…

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Thirsty!…

 

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8 Responses to And so it begins…

  1. Kristin says:

    Both the chicks and your little girl are ADORABLE!

  2. amymapes says:

    Your chicks are so cute. I got our chicks at the end the end of February. They have left the cute stage behind but I still love them! We only have 10 this year but that is enough for our family.

  3. Nathan Walenga says:

    how many chicks and how big is your brooder?

    • Tammy Pedersen says:

      700 chicks in this batch Nathan. I’ll have to find out from John the exact measurements of the brooder

  4. Paige says:

    Thanks for the post. I’ve been having visions of little yellow puffballs since we got a few chicks from a friend. I would love to have a space like yours. Good luck with all those babies!

  5. Judy Whitaker says:

    A great beginning!

  6. Olivia Persinger says:

    Last Summer I raised 31 meat chickens and butchered them with Polyface and they turned out to weigh about 6.5 – 7 pounds each! We still have 12 in the freezer! I was so happy!
    Thank you Tammy for sharing the wonderful pictures!!!! :)

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