Elaine and I have had our hands full this week, taking care of our baby chicks. The heritage Buff Orpingtons from The Fancy Chick hatched on April 1 and 2 and a dozen heritage Rhode Island Red chicks arrived from Dick Horstman in Pennsylvania on Tuesday.
Our four Buff Orpingtons are, obviously, more able to stand out as individuals than the dozen Reds. There is a very clear pecking order with the former, while chaos constantly exists in the brooder with the Reds as the chicks constantly step, leap, and land on each other.
Next week a friend is supposed to come over and help us extend our chicken run and build a new henhouse. Sometime in May, it will be time for our young charges to live outside. And sometime in fall, we should hear some crowing and having eggs to gather.
Our goal is for next year, our hens to start brooding their own eggs.