We originally planned for 6-8 chicks and the hatch unfortunately failed so we ended up ordering from a hatchery. The thing with ordering from a hatchery is you need to order a MINIMUM of TWENTY-FIVE chicks!
So we did...
Ha! Yes, we did! We ordered 25 Barred Plymouth Rock Chicks, why this breed? Because they are a dual purpose. Therefore, I ordered unsexed (which is cheapest) and we will keep the hens for laying and the roos for food! We will be butchering them at 18-20 weeks old.
Brielle is in love with chickens! In fact she thinks all birds are chickens and will run across the road to chase a "chicken"
She named her chicky baby, Chickaletta, of course from the famous purse chicken on Paw Patrol.
Adalie named her little chicky baby Lily. She was lucky to have show and tell at school Friday morning and took her little chick, Rylan's chick (ie Diamond) and mama's chick (un-named)
Our first twenty four hours went great! We found out our brooder was too small, switched for a little larger brooder for a temporary fix. We also had about 4-6 chicks with pasty butt, which happens from eating wood chips or being too hot. We fixed it by cleaning their little bums and adding a little Vasoline. We played around with fermented food, and much more... check out our video on the first 24 hours of having chicks!
We have four kids who love these little guys! Stay tuned for more of our chicken adventures to come!