Last year at this time we saw baby foxes frolicking in the field. A few weeks later they had a winner winner chicken dinn….er……breakfast. That was the last time we had trouble with the foxes, but as luck would have it, they are back again this spring.
If we are able to nab one before they attack again, Joslyn has kindly asked that we ask it “what its sound is” so that we can call the Fox song people and tell them. Umm, yeah. Okay girlfriend.
Right now I have 18 adult chickens and 51 baby chicks who will soon be turned outside. So fingers are crossed that the foxes find other sources of food!
The 51 cornish cross chicks are my first attempt to raise a flock with the intention of filling the freezer. I’ve enlisted a few friends to give feedback (good or bad) on the process, as I completely wing this chicken operation. (Oh, I do crack myself up!) Okay, I’ve got a pretty amazing Excel spreadsheet to track everything, pivot table and all. So even though the strategy is somewhat of an experiment, at least I’ll have a chart to capture exactly how insane of an adventure it was.
I’ve been able to get my hands on a few free engine boxes which prove to be awesome chicken coops. The box is already assembled, you just have to add a roof, nesting boxes and a door/window. Its not as pretty as the ones you saw at farm fest, but it was cheaper!!
Here are the chicks at a few days old being harassed by the kids. This box is inside the barn, where they will stay until the weather warms up and they have a few more feathers.
There’s never a dull moment around here, not with 3 dogs, a cat and 69 chickens. We have already lost 3 chicks, but that’s another story altogether…..
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