We ordered our first 25 one day old chicks from a hatchery in 2016. Being the newbies we are, we brought them home and set up a make-shift brooder in our basement. They were the cutest little things and we babied them like crazy. As they got bigger we moved them to their mobile coop outdoors and had a few sleepless nights worrying about them. Of course they survived, grew bigger and it was time to move them to pasture.
As time has passed we have fallen in love with raising chickens. We have also had a lot of fun collecting new breeds each year – it creates a variety of color and personalities in our flock, an assortment of egg sizes and colors and is super fun for us and the kids to pick out fun new breeds to get. We also incubate eggs each year, which is fun for us and for our son’s classroom who gets the incubator at the end of the 21 day cycle to watch the eggs hatch. Currently, we have Silver grey Dorkings, Ameraucanas, Buff Orpingtons, Black Australorp, Rhode Island Red, White Leghorn, Barred Plymouth Rock, Cuckoo Maran and a few mixes and have ordered even more varieties set to arrive in early March!
Our chicken coops, fencing and chicken runs have evolved, moved and adapted over the past 2 years to provide safety and at the same time an enjoyment and healthy environment for them. Feel free to follow our blog for any fun updates in our chicken keeping!