September 29, 2009

New Chicks!

As most of you know, I raise chickens, which lay delicious farm-fresh eggs. But chickens, just like everything else, eventually grow old and become less productive. Therefore, it's important to keep regenerating the chicken population by ordering new baby chicks. Because I prefer rare breeds, I get my chicks from Murray McMurray, the world's largest rare breed hatchery.  And if you visit their Web site, you can get a virtual tour of the hatchery. It's quite interesting.

This time, I ordered 20 Araucanas, 10 Buff Orpingtons, 6 Silver Laced Wyandotte's, 6 Buff Minorca's, 10 Single Comb Brown Leghorns, 10 Pearl-white Leghorns, and 6 Black Star. The invoice says that they're all female - let's hope so. The chicks are just one day old when they are packaged and shipped. Because they are so young and fragile, it's important to be well-prepared for their arrival. The coop must be ready and waiting for the little peepers. Come and have a look.