|What? I thought we had a monopoly on this place!|
One of the many items on the list o'projects is a mobile chicken house with electric netting that we can move around the property so the hens can eat weeds and fertilize the soil. Most of the designs I've seen are for a handful of hens, and when you have the amount of weeds we'd like eaten, that just seems too small. And we keep getting hung up on finding wheels that can handle the weight load, but that can also swivel and conquer our bumpy terrain- we know if it isn't easy enough to move, we just won't end up moving it much. Since that isn't yet built, I limited myself to ordering 25 chicks...for now.
|It's a new place-- everyone, stick together!|
The last time I bought 24 "hen" chicks, six of them turned out to be roosters. Hen chicks cost more than rooster chicks or "straight run" (where you just get a certain number of chicks that haven't been sexed, so you have no idea what ratio of hens to roosters you'll end up with, though somehow everyone I know winds up with like 90% roosters this way), so I was not happy with the 25% fail rate of the hatchery. Instead of taking my chances with some of the heritage breeds I've gotten in the past, I decided to go for a sure thing- chicks who are unmistakably hens.
|Someone brave ventures over to check out the food|
|There are at least 20 openings for food, but clearly that one opening has the best food in the whole tray|
|Just like baby goats- the higher, the better|
|So, you, uh, come here often?|
|Hold still, you have a little something right...there...|