Last Wednesday I went to work with an extra pep in my step. I was so excited, and I wanted that 8 hour work day to be over so quick, because I could not wait to get home and see my new babies!
We currently have a flock of 8 laying hens that I am getting ready to retire to The Remy Homestead where they will live out the remainder of their years, free ranging with a bigger flock of hens. Replacing them will be 16 new babies that will hopefully be laying in the spring. (I will not be keeping this many, but there was a 15 bird minimum and you never know what may or may not live...)
This is the first time I have raised late early fall chicks, and here is my thought on why this is a good idea....
Chickens stop laying in the winter, or significantly slow down production, and because my flock is not a free ranging flock (They have a backyard time share agreement with the dogs...), I go through a lot of feed for no return in the colder months. If I feed chicks instead of full size hens, they don't eat as much food and they wouldn't be ready to start laying until the days got a little longer anyways. This means (I hope...) that they will be ready to lay in the spring as soon as it warms up. Eureka, am I smart farmer or what?!
Behold the cuteness!