Friday, April 4, 2014
It is finally that time of year when it is feasible for us to start raising chicks. This week when we went to the feed store for our current flock and noticed a pen full of Rhode Island Red chicks. It was a bit implusive since we weren't quite ready for them but we couldn't say no to our pleading daughter (especially after all the bird losses we suffered this year). The Rhode Island Red we currently have is a very friendly bird so they seemed like a good choice for my little 3 year old who desperately loves cuddling them.
As I said, we weren't quite prepared so we had to scramble to get their cage clean after a year of being left outside and we found we didn't have bedding so shredded newspaper will have to do until we can get them proper bedding. It was kind of cute to see those little fluffy bodies snoozing under brightly colored newspaper strips.
We aren't quite finished assembling our new flock. We are hoping to find another Americana and possible some Wheaten Marans and Jon has been asking me to let him bring some meat birds into the egg-laying flock. Meat birds will mean some more research before I completely commit but I figure he has every right to choose some of the birds so we will likely have meat birds this year.
There is nothing quite like listening to the gentle "peep peep peep" of tiny chicks while I eat my breakfast in the morning sunshine to remind me that spring is here and I am fully embracing the little joys and challenges this season brings.