CHICKEN EDITION PART 1: NEW CHICKS

Boy the stories I could tell you, the stories I will tell you, but right now I'm going to focus on the positive side of having chickens. Especially my chickens.

I'm starting this series to document the nooks an crannies to answer questions and help you get chickens yourself.

I had wanted chickens for a very long time. So I was ecstatic when I convinced my Mom to let me have some. If you read my post about How to Convince Your Parents to Get You a Pet, you would know how effective it really is. I used that technique to get me a puppy and since I already had a pet my Mom let me expand my best friend list.

               

I had ordered four Plymouth Barred Rock hens off of mypetchicken.com. I actually got ridiculed online after a fellow homesteader saw my post and asked where the other 10 were. The reason I went with four is because I was afraid of my neighbors being disturbed by the noises of the chickens, even though the breed is suppose to be quiet. (fun fact: they are not quiet).

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Mypetchicken Chicks
Grifs Chicks
                                                  
On October 29, 2017 I went to my local Feed Store, Grifs, and learned they were selling Barred Rocks too! They were cheaper and we decided to get four from there and cancel our online order. The order did not cancel and the mypetchicken birds arrived in the mail on October 31, 2017.

I kept them in cardboard boxes with 6 inches of pine shaving (I never replaced the shaving after the 3 weeks they were in there). They lived in my Mom's closet until the smell got so bad we moved them in the garage.





My mom found a rabbit cage one of my neighbors were throwing out... SCORE! I was so excited because this brought the idea of rabbits into my head. We used the cage as a temporary home for the chicks to get them used to each other and raise them without having to introduce them.

We moved houses and they stayed in that cage with a heat lamp until they had all their feathers. They then moved to another temporary home for their pullet stage.

Continue following the series Chicken Edition, part 2 where they transition to the next stage of their life, Pullets!


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