Just a few short weeks ago, we got our 25 new chickies in the mail….well it was supposed to be 25, but 27 fuzzy butts showed up. 🙂 Yay for extras!
Man, did we have issues getting chicks this year. First off, we’ve never ordered this early. We started looking in February, after the Valentines day massacre (that’s what we’re calling it anyway) when we went to close the girls up for the night and found one of them pecked to death. 😦 So sad, we had no idea what happened at first. We thought something had gotten into the coop, but there is just no way for that to happen so we deduced that it must have been one of the other hens that did it. That and she had blood all over her beak…that was the obvious clue. 😉
So we decided that rather than chance another going rogue, we made an appointment to send them away to freezer camp. That left us chicken less…for the first time in 5 years!! It was odd not tending to them daily. Then the littles arrived and I was back on chicken mamma duty. I figured that we’d get them free ranging by 8 weeks or so, but I neglected to do the math. You see, the chickens as yummy, friendly and egg filled as they are here for tick control. They love to eat ticks! That is the whole reason that we have them. I am deathly afraid of ticks. They are creepy and carry disease. YUCK! We don’t want to use chemicals on the lawn so that the kids don’t get Lyme disease, only to end up poisoning them, that seems like a bad plan. So enter the chickens. Although they free range year round, I like to get them out as soon as the snow starts receding so they can get a jump on the bugs. But, as I said earlier…my calendar and my math skills did not sync up this year so we had not birds to eat the bugs early on.
About 3 weeks old
Anywho…Our first day outside this year and I see a tick crawling on the tiny blonde hairs leading to my baby’s angelic face. Cue the freak out!! AGGHHHHH!!!!
There is no way that I could wait the 4 weeks until the little ones could get out to eat the bugs so the search was on. Within 2 days we had found 8 organic laying hens and within a week they were re-homed to our little farm and eating all of the bugs that their little hearts desired, as well as tearing up my flower beds. A small price to pay for peace of mind.
Meeting each other for the first time.
First day in the sun!
Escape artists…they popped right through the fence!
I love these birds. They are funny little creatures to watch and interact with and just having them roaming around feels like home.
So…Welcome all 35 fuzzy gals! We’re glad to have you!