Life on a chicken Farm
chickens - oh my
My beloved husband of two years wanted some chickens because he, "had always wanted to chickens" but he did't know why and didn't know anything about chickens??? That should have been a clue!
We researched on the types of chickens, many brands or types are available - rhode island red, whites, boilers ???, golden laced wyondette, etc etc. Then the order form wanted to know did we want a straight run or hens - we didn't know so we ordered a straight run - it was cheaper. Oh boy.... later on that one. Well, the chicks arrived one cold December day and we were excited to th hilt!! They stayed in my son's bedroom - he wasn't in there - and our lives forever changed!!
Beloved hubby got up in the middle of the night to check on them to make sure they were warm - temperature is VERY important. Novice that he was, some died because we had the temperature wrong - too hot or too cold - even though he followed the instructions. (Yes, I'm deliberately saying he/him at this point). We started off with 26 (ordered 25 but we got a "free" one, oh boy....) and ended up with, gulp... 13.... not sure what happened but they went onto wherever baby chicks go - chicky heaven maybe!!
Anyway, so we (yes, it's we again) build a chicken coop and when it's warmer take the little darlings outside - meantime we had ordered more of the luvverlys..... the first batch wasn't growing, why? what did we do wrong? did we forget to feed them? Nope, they were bantams - a smaller breed of chick - ha ha ha no, we didn't think that. THEN, on top of that, get this, TEN of them there bantams were not hens but ROOSTERS..... See, know we know what a straight run is - a mixture of male and female chicks.... boy oh boy.