Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Chickens and New Farm

Three Day Old Chicks
It has been a while since I posted on here but I have been working on my next project.   After hiking the Appalachian Trail I really wanted to try and be more self sufficient and continue to live a more simple lifestyle.   I am fortunate in that my family has 40 acres, 7 acres of which is field and the other 33 being wooded with a small pond.    My plan is to start with chickens and rabbits this summer and then plant fruit trees this fall.  I want to bring elec and water to the site over the winter and then next year I will add a few dairy goats and maybe a couple of pigs.   I currently live in an apt but I am anxious to set up a shelter on the site.   I will post more about it later.  In the meantime, I received my chickens and wanted to share a few photos of them.  I have 10 Rhode Island Reds, 10 Plymouth Rocks, and 10 Buff Orpingtons.   I had them in my apt in a brooder and because we have been having such warm weather I was able to move them outside at about 3 1/2 weeks.   

The first say out of the brooder.

It was interesting watching them be outside for the first time.  It took them a few minutes to really start moving around but chickens are very curious animals so it wasn't long till they were moving around pecking at everything.  Flying insects really seemed to get their attention though they are still a bit to clumsy/slow to catch most of them.   


2 comments:

simply_complicated said...

what cute chicks! hopefully you won't have any problems as they all grow up (ie wildlife, cold weather, etc)

TandR said...

Love the chicks. We hope to have chicks someday soon. Sounds like a great plan with the farm. We are doing the same sort of thing at our place.

Love the blog and will be scouring the pages over the next few days.

Keep up the great work.

Happy Trails,
Tim and Robin
http://appalachiaandbeyond.blogspot.com