I have been dreaming of having chickens for quite some time now. We had them when I was a kid and it was great. Now that Spring is here, we decided to go for it!
We received 15 baby chicks from McMurray Hatchery. I loved that we got to pick out a variety of breeds. We choose:
- Light Brahmas
- Buff Orpingtons
- Barred Rocks
- Silver Laced Wyandottes
Our local Post Office is not the most reliable one in the world, so I wasn’t surprised when we got a frantic call from a Postal worker Sunday night. He said that our baby chicks had been dropped off there and no one called us. He just happened to stop by there to pick something up and found them Thank Goodness!
Brian went to go pick them up and we got them quickly set up in a temporary home.
The little chicks are the sweetest things – I love watching them sleep!
We knew they didn’t have enough room in that plastic tub, so we moved them to a bigger reservoir around 36 hours later.
They seem much happier in this home, but I know they’ll outgrow it in a couple weeks and we’ll have to upgrade them again.
Unfortunately, we lost one of the Americanas on the third night. She was smaller than the rest of the chicks and spent a lot of time just laying around like this:
I tried to make sure she was eating and drinking and even tried separating her from the other chicks to no avail. Zoë and Kaylee have not noticed that there is a chick missing, so I haven’t said anything to them about it.
We initially got chick feed from the local feed store, but I was appalled when I read the ingredients. It’s mostly GMO corn and GMO soy.
I was fortunate to discover Scratch and Peck, the ONLY non-GMO Project Verified chicken feed. Their Naturally Free Starter Feed is both corn and soy free, so there’s no risk of cross-contamination from GMO fields.
It looks very different from the GMO starter feed.
They also sent me some chick grit and Diatomaceous Earth. I have been sprinkling the chick grit on their food and they go crazy for it! They all run over as soon as I do it and it’s a feeding frenzy until it’s gone!
I’m going to be giving our local feed store the information for Scratch and Peck because I just can’t imagine knowingly feeding our chickens the standard GMO feed. Luckily it’s available for order online!
I’ll be posting an update on our chickens every couple of weeks so you can watch them grow with us!
Have you ever raised chickens? Any sage words of advice?