25 years ago today, I started caring for chickens. In my first McMurray order, there were 1 Exotic, 5 Dominiques, 5 Araucanas, 5 Anconas, 5 Blue Andalusions, 5 Australorps, 5 Barred Rocks and 15 Rhode Island Reds.
I had read about caring for chicks but had no experience. So I wasn’t terribly successful. 4 chicks were dead in the shipment, and one died one week later. I had ordered all female chicks, but they had included 15 “free” male chicks to add warmth to the shipment. So I ended up with 15 roosters that I didn’t want. I ended up giving 14 of them away which was really hard on me as a vegetarian, animal-loving, wanna-be farmer. I knew their fates were not good but couldn’t keep them either. In January of 1999 I had 22 chickens remaining. So there was definitely a learning curve. But it was my first step into farming and exciting for me, and I took a lot of photos of those first chickens, fascinated by them. And this was before digital photography. I feel more like a farmer now, and it started 25 years ago today.