Spring Chick Dreaming over at Community Chickens

It is that time of year that I am yearning for the Spring Thaw. Our ground is frozen, there is snow everywhere…and the wind is just bitter cold. Seed and Hatchery catalogs start arriving and the anticipation grows. I am so ready for Spring and new chicks.

We are adding to our backyard flock this year. No longer a hipster chicken keeper…not that I ever was one, I am looking at practical cold hardy breeds to add to my backyard.

Check out my latest post at Community Chickens to see just what I am talking about.

Spring Chick Dreaming

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About Shannon @VillageGirlBlog

With my Husband, we raise our two sons and a nephew, three dogs, a cat, four chickens and a large garden on my just under an acre lot in a small village in Southeast Michigan. I am passionate about real food, and eating as local as we can without giving up olive oil, coffee, you know the necessities. Herb gardens and backyard chickens, reading, writing, photography are my other passions. I believe that things will work out eventually, the glass is not only half full but it is refillable.

One thought on “Spring Chick Dreaming over at Community Chickens

  1. My chickens love to free range. I tried to connect with another person using the email address she gave, but it was returned. If you have any comments, the email is pasted here.
    I read your blurb about your big egg. If your egg is like mine,
    it is a single, but huge yolk. I have just gotten back into
    raising my own chickens and purchased a flock of 6 at a local feed
    store, hoping to immediately start getting eggs. I want 5 eggs a
    day, so increased the flock to 11 plus a rooster.

    I was getting on average 2 eggs a day and one of them is huge –
    and I mean big – at least three times bigger than a large egg.
    The hen, which I haven’t identified yet, lays her huge eggs about
    every 2 to 3 days. I am tempted to collect enough next summer to
    hatch a few although it will probably reduce the number of eggs
    the breed would normally lay.

    Unfortunately a neighbor convinced me to adopt a stray half grown,
    but big, puppy someone dropped off in our neighborhood. About a
    week later he dug out of his pen and into the hen’s area and when
    I discovered it, he had killed 3, including a banty which was
    laying and chased the rooster and two hens until they flew over
    the fence. The hens returned that evening but the rooster was
    killed on the road.

    The young hen he was in the process of killing when I discovered
    him had some flesh showing around her neck but has taken her place
    back in the flock. (I didn’t medicate her, but let nature do it’s
    job.) The hens were replaced with new ones on Friday and I
    ordered a rooster which I will pick up tomorrow.

    My egg production has dropped to one per day but I expect that is
    from the trauma with the dog. (Yes, I got rid of him.) So I
    expect to see an additional egg or two in the next few days. But
    only 4 hens appear to be old enough to lay so it will be a while
    before I begin getting my 5 eggs – and with winter coming on, it
    may take quite a while. (I live in SE North Carolina.)

    I think I will buy another white leghorn (I got one in the
    replacements) because they are excellent layers. I was thinking
    that would be too many for one rooster, but if I understood what I
    read tonight correctly, one rooster can service 12 hens. The coop
    I bought was designed for about 6 chickens but during the recent
    flooding due to Matthew, all the chickens stayed in the coop above
    the flood waters for about a day and half. I did have food above
    the flood level so they could eat – and the storm occurred just
    before the dog attack after the water receded. My chickens have
    free range amounting to a little over a half acre – which could be
    expended to just under an acre if needed.

    Just thought you might be interested, but any suggestions you have
    will be welcomed. My flock ranges from white to yellow to black
    to one black one with gold feathers around her neck. One of the
    newer ones is black with puffy feathers all the way to her head
    and she appears to have shorter legs.

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