I just made an order for an assortment of new chickens for this summer. This is the first time I have ordered them through the mail. I usually like to go to the store and pick them out. But since we don’t have any local spots to get them (without pre-orders) I thought why not just order them directly. So I went to Murray McMurray, which is a nationally respected place to get all things chickens.
I order 25 of their Rainbow Layer Special…from their website:
If you aren’t set on a particular breed, here is your chance to get a variety of layers that all lay well. Chickens which lay white, tinted, and brown eggs will be supplied in this beautiful assortment. At least 5 different varieties of our choice are included in Rainbow Layers from these groups of chicks: White Egg Layers, Heavy Breeds, Araucanas, and Rare and Unusual Varieties. We cannot guarantee that breeds from all groups will be included. If you’re looking for good layers and want a discount price, our Rainbow Layers will fit the bill.
They will be coming in April and we are excited to see them grow and add them to our current group of year old birds. We will of course share a few with any of our friends that wish to start their own flock.
Just a quick update on the ladies in the garage…They are just over five weeks old and all excited about life. I started with 20 and now am down to 14 because my friend David got his coop done before me and took them to their “forever home”. We have been foster parents for kids and when they leave it was always hard to see them go. This time around with chickens it is much easier. We were sad for a minute or two but know they would be going to a great home with Dad and at least of the daughters are excited about their new pets makes it much easier.
Check out his coop that he built, I just have this one picture sent from a text. I hope to get more pictures soon of the coop and girls to blog about! But for now here are a few from my garage coop.
Neil Diamond knew it well when he sang the song, “girl you will be a women soon”. I think he wrote them for his chickens he had on his farm. Our girls are growing every day. We already have our favorites picked out and hope they are not roosters. Once we find out which ones might be roosters we will get rid of them and give the rest to our friend Edwardo who will be raising chickens. He is taking care of our Pig we own so the least I can do is watch a few of his chickens.
Yes that is right we are pig owners. Our pigs name is Fat Charley. I hope to post pictures soon of our boar.
So I pick up Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs and Parenting at the recommendation from a friend of mine that lives in the Heartland. I realized it was the same author of Population: 485, about a sleepy little town in northern Wisconsin, which I read last summer. Perry picks up where he left off, but also goes back from where he came. This is not a how to book about chickens and farming. It is a memoir of life on a land that needs to be tended and how family comes into play. The suprising thing thus far about this book is the wonderful reflections of his life when he was a boy growing up on the farm with his parents and the remembrance of the up to 60 foster kids that came into his life.
You will laugh and you will cry (all the things you hope for in a book). Great book from a great writer and farmer.
Check this book out at your library.
We took a morning trip to the Everett Coop to pick up the newly arrived chickens. That was a bit stressful as we stood there and talked with Josh about which chickens would be the best. I didn’t have my notebook with and my head was swimming with how many eggs they produce, what color the eggs are, how aggressive the chickens were, etc, etc, etc.
I could tell I was a rookie chicken man this morning.
So we got Five Ameraucana (from hence forth these will be known as Americano), three Barred Rock which grow into very nice black and white striped adults and Two Rhode Island Reds which Christy has fallen in love with already. They were shipped in from some far off land in the morning so they were very undertandable tired. It took me a bit to figure the perfect height and location of the lights and after their nap they all seem very happy.
So the plan today is to fill this Rubbermaid Tupperware with little chickens today. My local Everett Coop is planning on receiving three different types of chicken. Ameraucana, Rhode Island and Plymouth Rock are the options they plan on getting. Brooder boxes come in all different sizes but they don’t have to be anything special. The main thing is heat and keeping the lamp close enough to keep them warm, but not over heated. As they get older you need to raise the light.