February 1, 2010

Peep, Peep, Peep


This morning at 7:30 am we received a phone call from the U.S. Post Office notifying us that our new chicks had arrived. The girls couldn’t contain their excitement and I let them miss the bus in order to help us unload the box. For fun we decided to go with a mixed batch giving us several new bird breeds. In about 16 weeks each of these birds will each be laying eggs….25 eggs a day to be exact. That is in addition to the four eggs we already get a day from our Rhode Island Reds.

The girls are going to sell the eggs to neighbors and friends, giving them a chance to learn some basic business/work/life skills. The egg business is the first piece to a little venture we are working on right now, “Buttercup Farm Goods”.

For now, these peeps will be in the mudroom keeping warm while they are growing up a bit.

Laying Hens from Shawn Stratmann on Vimeo.


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Comments (5)

Bobbie Fey said:

Shawn, Loved the little darlings, especially the little white chick pictured! For Buttercup Farm Goods you could sell that picture, it is so cute. I love your blogs keep up the good work.

Michaela said:

AWWW!! Oh my goodness! They are adorable! I also love the photograph! The one in the middle looks like a little cheetah chick! :)

Rebecca said:

How sweet! And what a good experience for the girls. We have a supplier of chicks in our town, so we see them going off to their various destinations at our post office - they’re the ones in the “peeping boxes.” My children are fascinated whenever we see and hear that happen!

wen hayes said:

So cute…our family is looking forward to getting some chicks in the Spring. My husband comes from a long line of “chicken people”, but this will be the first experience for our 13 yr old daughter and myself. Any suggestions on which varieties are the best layers? I’ve been reading a book called “The Backyard Homestead” which has a wealth of info., but I’d like to hear it from someone who has experience.
Also, I hope u are successful in your weight loss goals. I, too, have just started a plan to lose a few pounds by Spring. Now I am inspired to plan a trip to celebrate my lighter booty as well! ha.

Uncle Ron said:

Hey Shawn,

I’ve been looking for your new barn and can’t find it on your blog. Can you send me some photos of the whole barn inside and outside. Put some cattle on that five acres and your taxes will be nil.

Love you,
Uncle Ron and Loretta (visiting here)

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