First day outside!

Our first grow outs of the year have feathered out, and the weather is now mild enough to put the grow outs in our portable pen.  

This new venture is always a little stressful for all of us!  We worry about our new little chicks, and they have to figure out what this new, exciting place is all about.  

I get asked all the time about temperatures and moving chicks outside.  Some breeds (Marans, Orpingtons) are slow to feather.  They probably need 7 weeks to feather out.  Our Bielefelders and Legbars are quick growers and handle the move closer to 4 weeks.  In very warm weather, those chicks can go out 

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First official hatch of 2019

Finally.  It's hard to believe that it's been 4 months without chicks!  Here at the farm, we hatch nearly all year.  We were missing our weekly dose of fluff, and are so happy to be back up and running.

This year, it looks like the Bielefelders will be the most popular breed by far!  The good news is that they started laying first, and are laying the best!  The other breeds are finally all laying eggs, though some are not at full production.  The Orpingtons have their own timetable, and were the last to get the message that Spring is on its way.  

For all of those that placed late Fall orders to be at the top of the list, we sincerely thank you for your patience.  The weather can do whatever it wants now...once we start hatching its officially springtime here in the farm!

 

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