Chicks.

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I now belong to a chicken coalition.

Three of us flocked together, put all out seed money into one cup, and placed a big order for day-old chicks.

We purchased Buff Orpingtons, a great dual-purpose, heavy breed that does well in cold and is relatively calm. Or so I’m told by my friend who has chickens. This is a first for me. I am diving head-first into the world of poultry. Despite Mat’s assertions of, “Chickens are easy. Taking care of them is a no brainer,” I am a little edgy about being responsible for the entire bunch all at once.

It’s easy to say something is easy when you know what you’re talking about (and I don’t). The 75 chicks are going to be staying at Silver Spring Farm throughout their chick-dom, as I have the biggest coop. It’s going to be interesting. I’m thinking of starting a “how many chicks will make it long enough to grow feathers” pool.

The countdown to chick day is on! I say… BRING IT! RAH!

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About Silver Spring Farm

I am a beekeeper and organic gardener who is in the process of turning my renovated foreclosure property into a working farm. My etsy shop is located at www.leesbeesnj.etsy.com where you can buy honey, lip balm, creams, soaps and other cool stuff. Bee happy!
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4 Responses to Chicks.

  1. The Editors of Garden Variety says:

    Outstanding….good luck with your endeavors.

  2. Chris says:

    We’re going to dive into guinea fowl this year I think, to help control our tick population. I have to design and build a coop for them by June or something ridiculous. Keep posting up about your chickens. Do you have a coop that you built or was it there already?

    • Chris, i was very lucky to have a large chicken coop already on the property. My friend just made some minor repairs, and in exchange, I raised some chicks for him. Guinea fowl, I saw somewhere, need some time in the coop before you open the door and let them out into the world – or else they will not return to roost at night. Have you heard this?

      • Chris says:

        Yes, my wife has a book she’s been reading we’ve been doing some research. I think the biggest worry I have is how noisy they might be, but we’ll have to wait and see.

        I need to get rolling on designing and building them a home first and foremost.

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