Sunday, May 19, 2013

Chicks and Ducklings and Turklets, Oh My!

Day-old Red Ranger Chicks
In our efforts to expand our operations this year, we have been absolutely overrun with chicks, ducklings, and turklets (note: this is not the technical name for baby turkeys, but our own personal moniker). And this is just the beginning. Right now we have 25 red ranger chicks, 15 laying chicks, 18 ducks of various varieties, and 18 turklets.
Several brooders in our brooding room.
On top of that, we are expecting a hatch on Monday of laying hens. Needless to say, we are running out of space for baby poultry. Luckily, these little guys grow up fast. At this age, they still need to stay inside with heat lamps 24 hours a day, but by the time they reach 4 to 6 weeks of age they are ready to go out into the big wide world and start eating bugs, grass, and all the other things they love. This year we are expanding our turkey flock to meet growing demand as well as growing meat birds for the first time. We are very excited to be able to grow a larger variety
This little turklet is exhausted.
of animals this year and will even be testing a small flock of guinea hens starting this June. If you are interested in free-range, pastured chicken, duck, or turkey, feel free to check out our "items for sale" tab later this Spring.