Preparing for Winter Chickens, Part 3

| 10/15/2008 5:47:00 PM

Tags: Chickens,

Andy and Elly check out the brooderYesterday we had the pleasure of completing a major goal in our business plan. We are now the proud owners of about 125 chickens (116 hens and 9 roosters). We acquired them from a wonderful homesteading family near Milwaukee. They are raising a new flock for themselves, and we were able to get a hold of their former flock through Craigslist.

The flock is mostly made up of Sunnyside Browns (similar to a Rhode Island Red) and Sunnyside Blacks (similar to a Black Australorp) from the Sunnyside Hatchery in Beaver Dam. We also have several striking roosters: 1 Americauna, 2 Barred Rock and a couple more Rhode Island Reds.

Before we could accomodate the chickens, we had to do some work on the brooder house in which they would live. My father and mother have been doing extensive work rebuilding the window frames and replacing the windows. Here, my mother is putting the finishing touches on one of the windows.

Painting the Brooder House

One of the main things that we want to do for our flock is to free-range them. In our eyes, this is what God intended for the animals. As a benefit to our allowing the "chickens to be chickens" as we say, we in turn receive wonderfully healthy chickens that produce fantastically wholesome and oh-so-delicious vibrant eggs.

We had the brooder house on the original transport frame that we used to get it to the farm and it was too far off the ground to be used in the way that we wanted. We decided to replace the skids on the bottom of the house and drag it around on them like two giant skis.

Hank Will_2
10/23/2008 1:19:14 PM

Awesome update folks. As a person who adores poultry of all kinds, I find this adventure of yours to be wonderful. Becky, I love the last shot of the birds all digging in. These is so much great action taking place there. I used to sit on stacks of feed sacks in the brooder house in the early spring and listen to the contented cheeping of happy chicks basking in the glow of a heat lamp. It was about the most relaxing thing you could do after plowing out the lane for what you hoped was the last time.

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