The biddies are here! Fifteen fluffballs made the trip from the feed store to the house in a small cardboard box I held on my lap.
I asked for laying hens for Christmas, but we did not find any for sale these past few weeks, so I gave up and decided to raise my own again. We used to do that years ago, and it will be fun to try them again. Thse little ones are all pullets (girls), so I'll be looking for a rooster after they're grown.
What kind of chickens are they? Wyandottes, Rhode Island Reds, and Buff Orpingtons for big brown eggs, Araucanas for green and blue eggs, and a few Leghorns because even though they lay only white eggs, they lay year-round, while the others take a break to molt every so often.
Here is their first home with us--a Christmas tote quickly emptied, a heat lamp put together, some pine bedding, a feeder and a waterer, and a cozy place near the woodstove, in front of the glass door.
It didn't take them long to find the feed!
We'll keep them indoors for a while, then move them out to the chicken coop in a confined spot where we can still keep the heat lamp hooked up for them. In 4-6 months, we should have fresh eggs again.