One of our farm goals this year is to continue to improve our pastures. Pastured chickens can contribute a great deal towards this goal, so this year we are experimenting by planning to raise about 50. And so… chicks!
We built a brooder in an unused stall in the barn, leveraging an old chicken run donated by our friends Joe and Courtney. Raising the chicks in the barn will mean a LOT less mess in the house this time around.
Our first arrival was an order of 25 chicks from Murray McMurray Hatchery – mostly Ameraucanas, but also a mix of fun breeds. We hope to be able to sell some of the birds as laying pullets once they reach 5 months old – and in the meantime they will do us the favor of working on our thatched pastures.