We had a few misadventures along the way, but our chicks arrived in mid-March and we've settled into an easy rhythm. We completed the final bit of the chicken moat before the little buggers even arrived. Hopefully it will keep our chickens secure because a coyote has been sighted around our place recently.
|The north end of the chicken moat finished and attached to the coop|
|Brooder set up in the coop.|
Unfortunately, the little runt chick we named Ora (short for "Ora et Labora", which means "Pray and work" in Latin) ended up dying three days after the chicks arrived. I think she never fully absorbed her yolk sack and was doomed from the start. Ora's death combined with Meyer Hatchery shorting me a chick meant that we were two chicks down, so I went to Tractor Supply Co. and bought two replacements. Apparently TSC has a policy of selling a minimum of six chicks. I managed to
|"Little Red" on the day we got her. She is probably a Rhode Island Red or Production Red|
|Little Red and her flockmates|
|"Eek! There's a human trying to pet us!"|
They aren't so sure about me and run to the farthest corner of the brooder whenever I approach. I think they are trying to help me not get attached!
|The remainder of their "Baby Cake" and dandelions|
We are feeding the hungry little birds chopped hard-boiled egg, dandelions, and forage cake as supplements. They quickly polish off everything I bring them. They are such fascinating little creatures. I could spend all day with them if I didn't have children who require food, education and attention. Pesky things, children! ;)
|My new official chicken farmer boots and my baggy, saggy pants|
I have to roll up my pants when I go out to visit the chickens. That's because there's less of me holding them up off the ground and as a consequence they drag a bit. If I don't roll them up, I come back with all sorts of fun surprises stuck to them.
Why are they so saggy you ask? Because I've lost over 30 lb. That's a whole toddler! Just had to share.
Part II, Bug Out Bag Upgrade