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And our journey begins

Jessica headshotNever in a million years would I have ever imagined that we would be raising chickens but as I sit here and think about the 43 little fuzzy bodies that are cozily sleeping downstairs, I must say I’m ESTATIC!  I feel like a new mom again, checking to make sure everyone’s breathing, not too cold, and not too hot!!  They are absolutely amazing and a blast to watch.  I seriously think the girls would sleep with them if they could!

You are probably thinking, who is this crazy, chick obsessed woman?  I’m just a regular person trying to do what is best for my family.  My name is Jessica and I have been married for 9 ½ years to my husband, Chad.  We have been blessed with 3 beautiful girls, Eliza (8), Aurora (7), and Jorja (4).  They are the main reason that we have decided to embark on a little bit of homesteading.  Amazingly they love the fact that they know where their food comes from so why not embrace it.
 

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Chad explaining to the girls how to handle the new peeps. 

Our first project of the year is chickens.  I have poured over magazines and the internet for months while the girls have looked over my shoulder.  My husband would say “so you have a breed picked out?” and I would answer “yes, definitely this one for sure,” only to change my mind the next week!!  Luckily, Chick Days finally arrived at Tractor Supply and Southern States making the decision making process a little less difficult.  Our flock will include 12 Barred Rocks, 12 Red Sex-Links, 5 Speckled Sussex, 2 Rhode Island Reds, and 12 Cornish X broilers.  Funny how I originally planned on having 12 layers and 12 broilers!

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The chicks' first night in the brooder. 

So in last 24 hours I have learned that they sell those convenient feeders and waterers for a reason.  Rowdy little chicks quickly make a mess of open containers of food and water.  I have also learned that no amount of reading prepares you for having the real thing!  In another bout of unpreparedness we need to build another brooder for the broilers.  The next major project here on the “farm” is expanding the shed into a barn and coop.  Until next time!!

jessica wilhelm
4/9/2012 2:58:16 PM

Thanks! The girls and I were at Tractor Supply on Tuesday and we almost brought home some of the bantams but I decided we had better not!


jessica wilhelm
4/9/2012 2:56:15 PM

Thanks so much! We love the wildlife as well. Spring gobbler season is coming up so hopefully I will have some photos of a successful hunt. Our oldest is counting down the days!


mary carton
4/7/2012 2:38:15 AM

I was in our local Tractor Supply last week and they had several chicks. I wanted so to bring some home., but it's just too hectic right now. Welcome to GRIT. I blog for GRIT as Rosedale Garden.


nebraska dave
4/6/2012 9:47:11 PM

Jessica, Welcome to the GRIT blogging world. I'm glad that you have decided to share your homesteading journey with the readers of GRIT blogging. There are so many different kinds of chickens that the decision on which ones to get is a difficult one. I only enjoy the wild life. It's easier to take care of and I don't have to feed them. Works for me. I'm just gone too much of the time to have any animals so I have plants in the garden that don't require quite so much care. I'm looking forward to hearing about your experiences on the new homesteading adventure. Have a great day in the garden.