One mistake we made late last winter was not ordering our chicks soon enough. Much of this mishap had to do with our preoccupation with making the house more livable, so when we got around to ordering laying hens and meat birds, the first available delivery date was June 3. At the time, we didn't think this was too big a deal...and maybe, in reality, it wasn't.
But we did run into a few bumps along the way. When you farm, the weather is a huge factor in most of what you do. Our Cornish Cross meat birds had a very hard time in the extreme heat of this past summer, and it was a sad day when we found three dead from heat. As you may recall, we ran a fan out to the pen for the last couple weeks of their lives:
|July heat + fan = happy Fat Boys|
|Here's how chickens pose for photos.|
|See the rooster? He and the Partridge Rock rooster daily have a "Dueling Roosters" competition in which they crow back and forth. Unfortunately, this guy's puny adolescent crow is no match for the loud and lusty lungs of the older rooster.|
|See the one in the front on the right? That's our first pullet (young hen) egg!|
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