Ordering Chicks


Chicks are like seed packets–a sign, in the dark drear of winter, that spring isn’t too far away!
These aren’t my new chicks, of course. That’s a remembrance from past chicks. (That is, in fact, my first little layer flock from back in 2008.) I’ve got a couple dozen layer hens right now, so no new girls this year. They set a record yesterday, by the way. Thirteen eggs. A baker’s dozen! They’re laying better every day. My new girls are mostly Golden-Laced Wyandottes, about a dozen of them, plus a handful of game hens. My older girls haven’t been laying this winter. They’re mostly Araucanas. I got a blue egg yesterday, which was the first sign of (laying) life from the old girls! They’re starting to lay again!

But back to the new chicks. I’ve got my first chicken processing workshop of the year coming up on Saturday, April 30. Today I ordered the chicks for the workshop day. I ordered 35 jumbo Cornish roos, for March shipping. I’m very excited about this hands-on workshop where I can share with people how to raise and process your own fresh pasture-raised meat. Raising chickens for eggs and meat is one of the simplest, least-expensive, and least-intensive ways to grow your own food, natural and healthy. I’ve been raising chickens now for eight years. (Hard to believe!) As much as I love my cows and goats and other animals, if I was forced to choose one barn yard animal and had to give up all the rest, I would choose chickens. They do more, give more, make more than any other animal on the farm in the least amount of space, time, and money. I never thought I would be able to butcher chickens, but several years ago–picking up yet another package of plastic-wrapped factory-farmed chicken at the store–I knew something wasn’t right about that. I could raise chickens for the table myself, healthier and with better lives than those factory-farmed chickens. Even in a backyard, you can raise chickens! I want pasture-raised chickens on my table, not factory-farmed chickens. If you want to try it, too, come join us at the workshop, learn how, hands-on, and take home your own fresh chicken!

Get all the details about the Chicken Processing Workshop day here.

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Annie’s Trick


Annie is the sweetest little thing. You can’t get near her without her wanting to be between your ankles or right on top of you. She’s very friendly.
Annie: “I love you! I just want to be with you!”
Notice the tractor parked in the alleyway there. Annie really wants to drive it. We caught her up on the seat and had to shoo her down. Then the next day….
….we found the battery was drained because she’d turned the key!
Annie: “I just wanted to be like you and drive it.


Annie’s not the only one with tricks up her sleeve, by the way. Remember Cherry’s one ear up one ear down trick?
Bella can do it, too!
(Finally, a decent picture of Bella where she held still for it.)

I’m still waiting for the goat conversion kit for my milker to arrive, and getting to know the new milk girls. Annie is a naughty sweetheart. Cherry… I discovered that she’s been disbudded, which is nice. I’m working on petting her up to tame her down. And Bella? Bella’s still running away from me.

The milking…. It’s going to be an adventure.

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