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Crazy chicken lady in the making?

Crazy chicken lady in the making?

I’m pretty excited about my chicken breeding program. So excited that I went and got 22 more chicks this week for the homestead. Our total number of chickens is now 59, yep fifty nine chickens! Nathan still doesn’t think I have a problem… 

I got some fancy Wyandotte chickens in the fall. Specifically Blue Laced Red and Golden Laced Wyandottes that I’m now breeding. I also got some Wellsummers for an experimental breeding project. Then I discovered our local farm supply store is doing “chick days” and they ran a special for free chicks. Of course we got some!

I’ve now added some Silver Laced Wyandottes, more Wellsummers, some Light Brahamas, more Easter Eggers and a handful of mixed mystery chicks that the kids picked out. These are in addition to the 4 bantam chicks we hatched out last month. Plus, I’ve now put 7 of our farm fresh eggs in the incubator.

The really girls love having chicks to look after. Everly has taken over feeding and watering the chicks in the mornings and as needed in the evenings. She’s quite responsible, already knows the ropes and can be trusted to take care of their needs without supervision. 

Adalyn is helping Everly and knows the ropes too…

The girls are well on their way to proving that they are ready for their own poultry project. Did I mention that Everly is adamant about her request for peacock to call her own? It’s true, not sure how reasonable of a request it is yet…

And what crazy chicken lady post isn’t complete without oblatory cute chick photos?! So, here is a close look at the new chicks:

From left to right beginning in front: Light Brahama, Easter Egger, Easter Egger, Buff Orphington, Easter Egger, Easter Egger, Welsummer, Light Brahama, Unkown Red W/ White body, Welsummer, Wellsummer, Silver Laced Wyandotte, Silver Laced Wyandotte, Welsummer, Welsummer, Silver Laced Wyandotte & Silver Laced Wyandotte

 

 

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