Our Chicken Farm is Growing

There’s always room for one more chicken… but I’m not talking just one. I’m preparing for the fall hatch, and that means I need another enclosure for hatchlings. This new space for chickens is 24ft deep x 60ft long and has an interior 10ft x 10ft chicken coop that will keep them safe at night. Tomorrow morning I’m hanging mesh tarps on the pen that will provide 70% UV protection, and hopefully ample shade. This area is completely covered so I’ll have the first- time luxury of not having to worry about my birds during the monsoon season.  🙂

It’s been a very productive year, the brooder shed has been completely remodeled, and the chicken yards and coops have either been repaired or updated. This year the October hatch will consist of two different ornamental breeds…

The Silkie Bantam and Mille Fleur d’Uccle Bantam

I’ve got three broody Silkies right now, unfortunately it’s just too hot here in June to raise and care for chicks. So my ladies are sitting on nothing… I guess they’re just pretending to have a job. In another few weeks we could easily hit 110 to 115 degrees, I really wish they’d leave the nest and just find a shady spot to hang out in. Well they won’t and that’s that.

All I can say is they better be broody in October. If they want to be mother hens on my farm it sure isn’t going to happen when the sun could bake me alive!

 

Chicken Photo Gallery

Standard Breeds, Chicks, Bantams, Pullets, Hens, and Roos Too!

Brooder Shed for Silkies and Hatchlings

Finally! This is my finished brooder shed with a custom built brooder box for my Silkie hens and their hatchlings. The shed is 8×10, it was just a bare bones structure with a window, double doors, and two sidewall vents. Today it has vinyl flooring, electric, insulation & drywall, overhead lighting and is temperature controlled.

All my Silkies live primarily in the chicken coop. However, now when a hen becomes *broody she’ll be moved to the brooder shed where she’ll sit on fertile eggs until they hatch. The chicks will then stay with the hen until they’re sold… or moved to their own chicken yard when fully feathered to be later sold as *point of lay pullets.

 

Broody:  When the hen has an urge to sit on her eggs to try and hatch them.
Point of Lay Pullet: Young female chicken just about to lay,  5-6 months old.