Our chick order arrived today. Twenty five Cornish meat chicks plus several layer breeds that had just come in with our order. About half of our layers are getting old and their egg production has been decreasing. We are thinking some of them will need to be replaced in the spring. I bought some Rhode Island Reds, Ameraucanas, and Black Australorps because I like those breeds, they are efficient layers and good sized birds.
The chicks were super sleepy from the rough journey but are now happy in their new home. My carpentry skills are slowly improving.
I seem to solely focus on building cubes for animal homes, but each cube gets better. This one is quite large so the chicks can stay in here comfortably for a month or so until they go outside into their run.
Raising our own meat chickens will be an adventure for us but I, for one, am ready. Every time I purchase a whole chicken for our boys I cringe and think how much better it would be to raise them ourselves. Well, we will see how it goes...so much of what we are doing is a big experiment. I definitely don't think it will be any cheaper but the peace of mind we'll have knowing we will pasture these birds and harvest them with our own hands may be worth it. For now they sure are the cutest little fuzz balls. It's been awhile since we have had chicks around here. Next may just be wild turkey jerky...