Thursday, Grey and I started our very first chicken flock. Yes. Chickens. We have been tossing around the idea of raising chickens for fresh eggs for a couple months now; and on Thursday we finally did it. We bought nine pullets and three bantams at our local feed store. We will be going back this Wednesday to get three or four red pullets to complete our flock. We have both never raised chickens before, so we have a lot of learning to do. I’ve been gathering information from blogs like the old farmers almanac , eartheasy , and rural revolution to get started. We set our chicks up in a large metal trough lined with dry shavings, water, chick food, and a heat lamp to keep them warm and toasty.
In almost every forum, article, and book about chickens they warn me, the reader, to not name the chicks right away because… sadly….there’s a good chance not every one of ‘em will make it to egg laying maturity *sniffles.* Me, being a hopeless romantic, went against these warnings and named this one Lucy… and Grey named this one cluck. We are in the process of planning the coop situation for when they get a bit older, but for now we will be keeping a close eye on Lucy, Cluck, and all the rest by making sure they stay clean, dry, hydrated, warm,fed, and loved.
If you have any chicken raising experience we would GLADLY accept your advice below 😉
Love, Grey and Brianna