Is it spring yet?
For us, the farm-life ‘season’ (or year) doesn’t seem to really kick-off until our baby chicks arrive. There’s just something about these little babies that symbolize the start of the ‘new year’ for us. Maybe it’s because we only see miles and miles of white snow for months and these baby chicks are the spring-time ray of sunshine! Well… whatever it is…
Snow or not… here they come! And you gotta be ready for them.
So, this is what we are doing this week. Prepping for and then receiving our bundles of puff-ball joy.
Our baby chickens arrived this morning and this initiates the starting our year of farmin’. Was that redundant? Initiates the starting?? I must really mean it then! What’s funny is that I keep writing and leave it! Ha! 🙂
Anyway … Since we still have a couple feet of snow hanging around – these little guys will be sheltered inside until two things happen… one: they are big enough and have some feathers (or starting of feathers), and two: the snow has melted. At least enough to either provide bare ground or close enough so that we can provide some clear ground for them. I’m guessing it’s going to be a couple of weeks.
Keeping these little ones warm, dry, free from dangers, well hydrated and fed; along with clean bedding, is what you want to aim for while they grow. I am also always hoping that they all make it too. There is always that little ‘percentage’ of possible loss/mortality rate. I pray for healthy, strong, vital birds!
The brood-box is set up pretty nice and these guys have plenty of space while at the same time – warmth, food and water. It’s probably considered primo-real estate (in the chickie world).
Getting the babies nestled in their new digs can start the chain-of-events for all the other things we need to start doing in preparation for the year. Coops and repairs, building what can be built in the garage (while snow melts), and seedlings in the windows. Until we come out of this snow-fest (it did snow just 2 days ago… so, spring is not quite here yet) it will be indoorsy projects.