With my brave companion Erika, I decided to venture into the world of backyard homesteading this year.
We are the proud Mamas of egg laying hen chicks. After many hours of research, we still didn't know how to decide on a breed, so we have a mixed flock comprising of Light Brahmas, Dark Brahmas, and Partridge Cochins.
Let me be the first to introduce to you
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The start up was pretty simple. We have been doing our research like expectant mothers, so today the chicks are getting along just fine.
They are not drinking from the water bottle yet, so we have a small ramekin for them until they learn how to use the nipple.
We have a bed of pine shavings on the bottom of the container. It is nice and dry, and we are going to use the deep litter method while in the house and once they move to the coop in the yard. That is, we just add layers of pine shavings and the chicken poop composts, which builds immunity by allowing good microbial growth. The coop will only get cleaned out once or twice a year and makes excellent material for the compost pile and garden. I'll clean out the tupperware when it gets stinky.
Don't tell anyone, but I think Adam really likes them too.