Ok ya’ll it’s that time a year again! If any of you readers know me, then you well know that I have zero self control in the baby farm animal department. Be it bunnies, or any form of poultry or water fowl, don’t even get me started on kittens.
So three weeks ago roughly we came home with these little buggers. 2 Anconas and 4 Cuckoo Marans later the bathroom is all a chirp.
(DIY Tisse box nest ^^^ adds extra warmth as the hatchlings huddle)
For anyone who has never started chicks and wants to:
Chickens are low cost, low maintenance, and such hard workers. They will till your garden, disinfect your orchard, fertilize your vegetable plants, and even eliminate whole food scraps that you would otherwise throw away. Even better? They will love doing all these on a daily basis. For free!
Win, win right? Definitely.
But how do I? Where do I?
You know I’ll never leave you guessing!
Here’s a few basic tips for the chicken beginners out there.
- Make a brooder – this can be as simple as a storage tote like mine. Then just brood them in the bathroom, yeah you gotta move em in and out of the shower… but hey, around here that’s bonding time!
- Shavings or Shredded Newspaper – bricks of shavings are cheap, especially since chicks don’t take much — especially if you elevate the food and water 😉
- Heat Lamp — we’re keeping the littles in the bathroom in our house since it stays not just warm but very comfortable (once they are outside full time, next week, I will have a lamp for them)
- Feeder/Waterer (find something to raise both up off the shavings an inch or two, you will save time and money not wasting shavings or food from spills – chickens will stand in their water and dirty it fast! Get it off the ground.. We used a couple red brick pavers that were broken into small pieces.)
- Find a breeder! You’ll be better off in the long rn finding a local breeder, not only to know where your eggs or meat are coming from, but in case you ever encounter questions. Your breeder will be the best choice for any questions on the birds they hatched.
You’re all set to get some chickens!
The Lady Gardner