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Category: Flock

  • Barred Plymouth Rock vs French Cuckoo Marans

    In February, when we replaced our initial flock’s rooster (for the second time), we searched locally for one that was being re-homed. Knowing that roosters are difficult to re-home, I was sure someone would have a good young rooster available for cheap or free. I was right. I met a very nice couple just less…

  • More Chicks for More Eggs & Adorableness

    Our rooster Barry (Barred Plymouth Rock) is over-mating our seven adult hens. He needs more booty! We ordered more chicks to brood. Yes, more. This time I ordered an assortment from Murray McMurray Hatchery. Almost as long as I have wanted American Bresse chicks I knew I wanted to separately try mixing them with Cornish…

  • Our First Shipped Chicks Experience

    On June 7, 2024, we added American Bresse chicks to our flock! I’m excited to show you, but first, we need to finish the outdoor brooder and check the fence for any gaps to keep our little chicks safe. This post is NOT sponsored by The Recreational Homestead. I’m just sharing our experience with buying…

  • Plans for the Ducks in 2024

    Fenced Area Since we finally got the brooder pen set up with a more permanent fenced area to protect them from the adult flock, we are now going to start working to add a separate duck pen and coop so that the chickens aren’t walking around in mud. We will need to buy at least…

  • Brooder area is 99% done!

    Substantial progress was made on the brooder area, now 99% complete. Improvements include fencing and chicken wire installation to protect chicks, with a temporary gate in place. Plans are set to construct a proper gate, add shade, and a kiddie pool for ducklings, alongside a foraging garden bed. Future projects involve creating separate enclosures for…

  • Update on our chicks and ducklings – 3-6 wks old

    We are currently raising 23 chicks and 8 ducklings. The first few weeks was exhausting having so many littles in the house in three different areas. Having to clean each area very often was emotionally taxing. The stink… Oh the stink was awful. Ducks are the worst! But I love them. We finally finished building…