Heritage Chicks are here!

I got a phone call 6:30 AM Thursday morning from the post office.  Our little peepers were in!  Come and get them 🙂

Our new Chicken shed in transit.   Found a John Deere wagon running gear on Craigs list for $200.  Ended up spending another $184.00 on 4  good used tires.

I saw a set up like this on a local CSA.  The birds free range during the day and spend the night in the shed, so as not to be eating by coyote’s , racoons etc. @ night.

I had the new chicken shed all set up with two heat lamps, 2 feeders, and a new waterier.  The day the chicks arrived it was windy and cold…even with the heat lamps I was concerned it might be too cold for the chicks so I did what any farmer would do trying to keep the baby animals alive…brought them into the house.  In this case, our living room 🙂

I was talking with  Janaan a farmer’s wife earlier this week.  She told us, her husband had brought, baby pigs, chicks, sheep and even a baby calf into their  basement to get them started.

60 baby chicks are in that box just waiting to get out

Here’s what they look like when you pop open the lid 🙂

baby chicks spending the night in our living room under the heat lamp

Yes we really do have 60 baby chicks in our living room.

At the water cooler

eating some tasty organic chick starter

birds eye view

Whatch you look’n at???

Here’s some pictures I grabbed of the Internet to get an idea what the chicks will look like when they mature:

Silver- laced Wynadotte




What I would really like to look into now is growing our own non-genetically modified chicken feed for next season…any of you reading this ever come up with your own chicken feed  recipe?  Talk to me.  We have an acre and 1/4 of ground behind the barn just sitting there doing nothing.  DM

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13 Responses to Heritage Chicks are here!

  1. Our chicks arrive in 2 days. We are looking in to growing our own chicken feed too. Let me know if you figure it out before we do!

  2. Mary Eggiman says:

    Great article , I remember bringing in a baby Jersey calf and kept in under lamp in a kids playpen . Makes me miss the farm life more and more!!
    Good morning Mary! Good to hear from you. “You can take the girl (boy) off the farm, but you can’t take the farm out of the girl 😉 DM

  3. Daisy says:

    Oh, I hope you get some leads on the chicken feed, I’m interested in that too. Also, I wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award. 🙂
    Same here..Daisy..if you get a lead on home made chicken feed, let me know! Thanks too for the Versatile Blogger award. Appreciate your kind words and vote of affirmation DM

  4. lawyerchik1 says:

    They look gorgeous!! Please keep the updates coming – especially on the feed, etc. 🙂
    You bet! Tanner might even like the stuff 😉 DM

  5. kadell says:

    They look great! And I am envious of your coop, what a great deal!
    Can’t wait to see them spilling out of the coop in the morning when I open the door 🙂 Thanks for the comment!DM

  6. Gosh they’re cute! I remember getting the “box o chicks” in the spring – I can hear their “cheep cheep cheep” from where I’m sitting 🙂

    That is one sharp looking coop, too!
    yes they are still cute 🙂 Wish that stage lasted longer 🙂 DM

  7. I have been thinking more and more about chickens. We live a mile outside of town on 1.25 acres and we could TOTALLY get away with it. I have a feeling a coyote or raccoon or some other predator might “get away with it” as well. I guess I’ll just have to be happy with bees for now, and watching your chickies grow! Thanks for posting the pics. I love the travelin’ coop, too!

  8. Rosanna Seabold says:

    Yamro is going crazy over here seeing these photos of baby chicks!
    I could hear her squealing from here~ 🙂 DM

  9. Catherine says:

    I guess I spent too much time in Illinois as a child, because I want to have chickens too…can you believe Pleasanton will actually let you have chicken’s in your back yard here…amazing. I can’t because we rent but I’m hopeful…a goat, chickies and a duck pond one day…maybe a lamb? Talk about a shock to my desert grown hubby the day that happens. LOL! Enjoyed the article Doug.
    Good morning Catherine. Thank you for popping over to the blog! Can’t wait to see you in August if that works out. DM

  10. Lis says:

    Squeeee! So much cute! (yeah, not a very substantive comment, but the pictures just made me ridiculously happy) lol.
    So did you grow up on a farm Lis? Wondering when your love for animals started? DM

  11. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    Australorp, Wyandotte and RI Red: all gorgeous roo photos, but what do the hens look like? (And the last time my parents picked up peepers at the Co-op was back in the 70’s; ) so I’m more than a little rusty on whether you’re working on meat, egg (or both) production with your fuzzy babies. Got time for a primer?
    Thought this article might be useful…

    • DM says:

      Hi Deb, they’re all for meat. One of the families we’re raising these with had done some reading on the heritage breeds and asked if we could try raising these. (instead of the standard white broilers that are usually raised). The hatchery called me before they sent the order, just to confirm we wanted these older breeds…they don’t put on meat as quickly as the newer hybrids. I’ll post pictures if any of the chicks we ordered turn out to be hens…they were all supposed to be roosters but I think I’ve spotted @ least one hen.

  12. SaraC says:

    Neat! I like your chicken shed too. Super cute.
    Thanks Sara.

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