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Fall chicks

new chicks

We picked up our new Fall chicks today.

The Post Office always calls us as soon as they arrive off the truck.

Lucy never gets tired of smelling a new poop filled box.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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So exciting. I'm expecting a dozen ducklings in the mail next week. My two female ducks have been setting. The male is a Muscovy and the females are regular ducks (crosses, nothing specific.) Their attempts this spring were a next of rotten, infertile eggs. I'm thinking that might be the case again. So I ordered the ducklings to try and get them to foster. The females are clearly wanting to be mothers. Fingers crossed the motherly mood continues through Wednesday morning (which will be right about 30 days.)
Comment by Charity Wed Aug 26 20:27:53 2015
Meat birds, I assume? I am contemplating a small batch, but not sure I want those cornish cross due to all the problems common for them, but is it economical to feed other breeds for a longer time before processing? Red Rangers look good,mbut the hatchery is out.
Comment by Deb Thu Aug 27 19:25:41 2015

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