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Almost Chick Time

April 26, 2011

Time to get ready for chick arrival.  Meat birds and new pullets arrive this week.  A new online magazine The Crone’s Gazette features an article I wrote about chick care.  The magazine is the brain child of Kathie at Two Frog Home who always has something interesting up her sleeve.  This quarterly magazine will share seasonal wisdom and ideas about homesteading, simplicity, and home keeping skills.   Check it out!

Here plant starts and chicks share the same warm and dry space, a small hoophouse we built specifically for chick brooding.  Plants above and chicks below.

Last week I built up the deep bedding for chicks using the free horse manure and sawdust we get from a neighbor.  Lots of good things for chicks to find in there, bits of hay, grain, horse manure and a worm or two.  You can’t beat the price, and it smells good too.

Trace helped lay in the chick feed. Wink.

It’s a cool one, this spring we have, but at least it’s not winter anymore.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. April 26, 2011 12:10 pm

    Sure feels like winter here…lots of snow in the mountains. We are very wet, had to stop the irrigating. But you are right…there are green things popping up so it IS sping!


    • April 27, 2011 12:59 pm

      Linda, it is spring but it sure is a cool one – more snow predicted this week, hopefully we’ll miss it sticking 😦

  2. April 27, 2011 4:19 am

    Missouri is having a cold wet spring as well. Not to mention floods and tornadoes. But you are right and atleast it is not winter : )

    • April 27, 2011 1:00 pm

      Canned Quilter, my goodness you folks are seeing the brunt of that awful weather – makes me glad for cool and unseasonable!

  3. April 27, 2011 4:36 am

    My chicks are in the Doghouse Coop. It has made the perfect outdoor brooder. Now with temp’s so warm and a roof so hot, they don’t need the light. They are 2 weeks tomorrow and feathering nicely. After our new turkeys are ready to head to the Hoop Coop, the meat chicks will go with them…hopefully teaching them a few tricks to the trade! 😉 Stupid turkeys! Life didn’t allow me to get my greenhouse up YET, but who knows maybe next year I’ll put my chicks under my plants as well. Hope all is well there in the PNW! 🙂

    • April 27, 2011 1:03 pm

      Diane, I wish it were a little warmer here 😦 , we’re still hovering at freezing at night.

      Poor turkeys, they can’t help that they aren’t chickens – they aren’t dumb as the old wives tales go, they just need more nurturing than a chick. I actually preferred brooding turkeys to chicks – the turkeys pay attention to what you’re saying and doing, the chickens spend their lives being scared of the feed sack everyday.

      Next Year!

  4. April 27, 2011 5:06 am

    Thanks for the information and the links! 🙂

  5. April 27, 2011 10:32 am

    We’re starting to get a little spring here too but nearly as much as you.

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