Chickiversary #25

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.

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8 Responses to Chickiversary #25

  1. Michelle says:

    That was an ambitious first foray into chicken-keeping!

  2. Jeanne says:

    Wow! That was a huge order, especially for a first time! What an experience for you! Did you have any eagles around back then?

    Are you ordering chicks this spring?

    • Donna says:

      The minimum order at the time was 25. The RIR were not ordered, just put in for “free”. I do have chicks on order but they are not due to arrive until May 16. There seems to be supply chain issues with chicks too. I am on the hunt for turkey chicks as well.

  3. Jeanne says:

    Hm! I’m just thinking… (Scary!) I’m guessing that they don’t ship that many free chicks now. What do you think? How many chicks did you order this year? I hope you can find the turkey chicks you want.

  4. Jeanne says:

    I meant to tell you how much I enjoyed your pictures of the colorful little chicks! So cute!
    Have you located some turkey chicks?

    • Donna says:

      They are cute! I have not found turkey chicks yet. I am thinking the bird flu outbreak in the Midwest is the cause. And it is horrific what is happening to those poor birds. So I ordered some turkey eggs from a local small farm, and I think I will be done with ordering chicks after this. We can hopefully breed our own from now on.

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