Our girls on day 6 

Our 15 little girls just had their first week birthday. Little did we know when they arrived on May 31 how much our lives would change over the next seven days - nor did we realize how much our books didn't tell us about raising baby chickens.

I've wanted chickens for a very long time. It was one of the things that drew me to rural living. I don't know what it is, but somehow, chickens are the epitome of self-sufficient living. So when we finally decided to take the plunge and order our chicks, I was excited... and a bit freaked out. I hadn't had a pet for years for a reason - I didn't want the responsibility or limitations of being 'tied down'. Weirdly, I didn't have the same fears about having a child. Go figure! That said, you can take your baby on holiday. Chickens? Not so much.

So it was with much excitement that our friends picked up our babies one evening after their long trip from Alberta to our coastal home and we welcomed them to their nursery. In order to relieve the burden of caring for that many birds ourselves, and the constraint of being limited in our weekend outings and such because we have to care for livestock, we decided to 'co-parent' with friends who also wanted the benefits of having chickens, minus the limitations.  That helped a lot with my fear of being committed to these fuzzy little dinosaurs.

And as is usually the case, what we've learned in the last 7 days could fill a book - a book about the things no one tells you about raising chicks!  Or at least, things that the books gloss over.

Here are a few of those things...

victoria gazeley
6/13/2011 7:17:38 PM

Glad the article was helpful, Michael! Check the link about 'Are You Ready for Chickens?': http://modernhomesteading.ca/blog/chickens-101 - it was HUGE for me! Good luck... :o)

michael kiss
6/12/2011 11:23:21 PM

Hi Victoria,I have been thinking of raising some chickens for a while now, when I opened this site, your site came up, WOW, you are my ANGEL without wings, Thank You Very much.Lots of LoveMichael

victoria gazeley
6/12/2011 10:24:21 AM

I love the idea of letting the mama brood the babies. Hoping we can do that next year... Thanks for stopping by!

6/9/2011 10:26:23 AM

Our chicks should be hatching at a friend's home tomorrow. (SShhhhhhh: I haven't told my blog readers yet.) We decided to let their mama brood them, and we'll take them as pullets. I'm still reading your chronicle with great interest!

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