This week we moved the baby chicks out of my little quail brooder and into the big 12 X 12 foot brooder room in the bird barn. It was a lot of work to clean out the old dirt and pheasant poop. I swept the floors clean and rinsed with clorox and water rinse. Then I went to IFA and purchased two bags of pine shavings for ground covering. The chicks seem to be growing quite nicely as I am feeding them a basic chick starter mash from the local feed store. After they finish off this bag of chick starter I will get them going on laying pellets.
I still have no idea which varieties of chickens we have in the bunch. Murray McMurray hatchery guarantees at least 5 of the following. Black Australorps; Lt. Brahmas; Dark Cornish; Black and White Giants; Buff and White Orpingtons; New Hampshire, Rhode Island Reds, Barred, White, Partridge, Buff Rocks;Deleware, Sussex, Turkens; White, Silver Laced, & Columbian Wyandottes, Red Star and Black Star. They are all brown egg layers and when they get cranking I think we will have more eggs than we can eat. I hope to move the baby chicks into the 12 x 24 foot chicken coop next month. We gave two chicks to my friend John Jacks to stand guard over his vegetable garden where they enjoy eating bugs, worms and lizards. That leaves us with 22 chicks.