I have been planning and discussing the idea of chickens and eggs with my wife over the last few years and finally, this year, I decided to do something about it. I even got my sons involved and they have the wood to make me a shed/chicken coop. After several "talks" with my lovely bride, we decided that six chickens would be the best number, giving us the eggs we need and extras, too.
We were going to get them on Weds morning with a trip to Angola to Rural King for the chicks and necessary equipment AND a little side trip to a couple of other stores for some things we thought we might want but didn't really need.. We awoke to a snowstorm and decided that two old farts didn't need to be out on the highways in that kind of weather. So it was delayed to Thursday.
Thursday came and our #3 son called needing some help and could we come to the Detroit area. We said, weather permitting. So we headed to Detroit on Thursday with hopes of getting our chicks on Friday. That idea quickly dissipated when we realized we would be staying overnight and probably not be getting home until late on Friday night.
Our #4 son called to let us know he was coming to visit over the weekend. He had no idea what I had in plan for him! LOL.
Saturday morning, my #4 son in tow along with two of his daughters, my granddaughters, Zora and Keeley, ages 6 and 5, we headed to Rural King in Angola, Indiana.
I was informed I needed to buy EIGHT chicks, one for each of the younger grandchildren and great-grandchildren. HUH? I was buying egg layers, I wasn't buying pets!! My lovely wife instructed me to get one chick for each of the grandchildren - Hailey, Cora, Zora, Keeley, Jaxson and Makayla plus the great-grandchildren, Gracie and Easton. Guess I was buying pets that also laid eggs!
Okay, not my original plan but something doable. Hey! I was getting my chicks!!!
Here they are:
|3 of the 8 chickens|
|5 of the 8 chickens|
|All 8 huddled together|
The last picture does have all eight chicks in the picture. There is one hidden at the very top, getting a drink - you can just see her butt. Yes, her. These are all pullets - hens. No roosters. These will be our egg producers.
Actually, I call the last picture - Everyone in the pool since they all went scurrying up to the water tank when I stuck the camera in to take a picture. They are currently "homed" in a 55 gal aquarium that once was a turtle habitat. I figure that the current residence will be good for at least two weeks, maybe even three. Hopefully, by then, the coop will be a reality, otherwise, I will need to figure out something else until the coop is built.
BTW, two of them already have names. I didn't plan on naming them but since Zora and Keeley went along, one is named Emily, another is Hannah. Don't ask me which one is who, I don't want to get to friendly with my future food. Yes, food, at some point, but not pets. No pets!!
They will soon be visited by their cousins - another 25 chicks I will be buying for butchering after raising them for 8 weeks. If that works, my wife says we may consider another 25 to definitely fill the freezer for the winter.
ALSO, I will be getting two tom turkeys to raise. Then again, we might up the ante on them to 3 or 4. I mean, turkey is good. My nephew raised one several years ago. Come Thanksgiving, it dressed out over 32 pounds and was soooo delicious. I'll be happy if they are 25 pounds when it comes time to butcher.
Well, this is Farmer Bob signing off...
Until next I ramble on...