Aren't they cute? Too bad they aren't really pets, they are our meat birds.
As an attempt to feed my family food that isn't pumped with growth hormones and raised in horrible conditions, I opted to raise our own chickens. I have high hopes here!
Raising chicks is super easy.
- feed dish
- chick mash (feed)
- brooder/box/fish tank/storage tote - some type of enclosure to keep them safe
- cover (to keep out predators)
- light bulb (preferably a 250 watt bulb but at 125 watt bulb should be good for June chicks)
- flooring (not pine shavings in the beginning - they can eat it and it will kill them, I know from previous experience) - you can use newspaper, old towels, hay/straw, or soil
*A note about temperature:
It's important to keep the temperature in the brooder between at around 95 degrees for the first week, then you can reduce the temperature by 5 degrees each week.
As soon as Ward got home, I really wanted to get the new girls set up in the barn BUT I was forced to wait because we had one heck of a thunderstorm come rumbling through and we lost power! Which meant, no heat light for them. We thought it was best to just leave them in the box in the car until we were totally ready to put them in the box.
We finally did get them set up. They seemed happy moving around in their "new" temporary home, drinking water, eating, and making the cutest little chirping sounds. I cannot wait to check on them tomorrow morning.