Chick Days

This year my incubators are staying off.
Aside from the odd turkey eggs, that is.
The last few years I ran them constant from February to the end of June.
Hundreds and hundreds of leetle birbs hatched.
This year?
Oh I just can’t do it.
We need to overhaul some coops, and bring in new bloodlines.
I could look for new roosters now, but the coops aren’t set up for a quarantine area, and there’s just too much snow to build something.

Instead, I ordered from the local hatchery some Lavender Orpingtons and some Black Jersey Giants.
Both dual purpose, large sized breeds.
So with 10 of each due to arrive on May 31st (with some white turkeys, a handful of geese, and 10 pekin ducklings) we’ll begin the rebuilding of our egg/meat flock with dual purpose, hardy breeds.

I will say, our flock had been doing great, until the wild and crazy weather patterns bounced all over the place. We couldn’t keep the moisture down in the coop, and that led to respiratory issues, and even with treatment, we still had too many losses. 😦
So yeah…
Coop overhauls will happen this spring, before the leetle birbs arrive, and then we’ll go from there.

Meanwhile, Oscar is a dancing fool for the ladies.

Oscar is in front…our lovely auburn Tom

And I’ve been getting eggs here and there.
We’ll see if any are fertile (next time I have a fried egg sandwich 😂😂😂) and in the beginning of May, if there’s signs of fertility, I’ll set some in the incubator.
If I can get a few more of the Narragansetts hatched out, I would like that.
But I’m not buying hatching eggs for them this year.
Maybe next year, if I can make the deal work with my Hatching Egg Lady. 😉
She also has Lavender Orps and Black Copper Maran chickens, so next year I might splurge and buy a few dozen of those eggs as well, to continually bring in new genetics.
And, like us, her family eats extra roos, so she’s not breeding them to be little birds, but big, hardy dual purpose producers. Like the breeds are supposed to be.

So all of that to say, I’m excited because yesterday I officially ordered our spring chicks.
36 days to spring.
I am ready!
(I hope)