Monday, July 11, 2011

The week of the chicken

So the title of this post might be giving you some hints as to where this post (and perhaps several more over the course of the week) is going. Our chicks have a hatch date of today. They are supposed to arrive between Tuesday and Thursday. Knowing how the mail works around here, I'm hoping they make it on Wednesday, but it may be Thursday. I just hope they all do ok with the hot temperatures right now!

I'm so very very excited! These are the first animals we'll have brought home to the property (other than our 3 dogs who we already had when we moved here). They will be the first chickens we raise as a family, and the first layers I've ever had (not the first meat chickens though, not by far!). We've got most things ready, although likely a few more things could be done on the coop before we get the chicks here. The basics are there, and the few extra things that I would like to get done are really not going to be needed until the chicks are weeks old.

I don't think I've posted yet about the types of chicks we are getting, so I'll share the list :) We've ordered a total of 25 chicks:

9 meat chickens:
  • all are white broiler - straight run
and 16 layers (all female):
  • 2 barred rock
  • 2 black australorp
  • 2 silver laced wyandotte
  • speckled sussex
  • ancona
  • ameraucana
  • rhode island red
  • buff orpington
They are going to be so cute! Oh baby chicks :) I hope Little M loves them! Don't worry, I'll take lots of pictures.


  1. What an exciting time! Looking forward to future chick posts!

  2. Congratulations on your upcoming new additions! Baby chicks are so much fun, and we love our fresh eggs, not to mention the hours of entertainment our chickens give us. You've got a wonderful selection coming. The only one we have on your list is Ameraucanas. Of our 4 breeds, these are my favorites. Not only for the colored eggs but because of their personalities. We still want to try some speckled sussex and buff orpingtons, before we settle on any particular breed. It's so interesting how different they all can be.

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog and taking the time to leave such a nice comment.

  3. Daisy - I hope you don't get sick of chick posts! :)
    Leigh - thanks, I hope we are able to pick a few breeds that really work well here & that we really love, 6 different types may be too many to keep track of!


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