It’s been a busy few weeks out here on the farm, as we prepare for spring livestock. The first to come will be 150 Delkab Amberlink chicks, which will add to our laying flock this fall. Keith and I have been spending evenings and weekends building cozy brooders for the babies. We don’t have a barn here, so we designed weatherproof, stand-alone houses to be used as brooders. These could even double as a pasture pen for larger chickens; when the weather is nice the sides can come off to let the sunshine in.
The day-old chicks arrive next week, straight from Ohio via the U.S. Postal Service. I will go pick them up at the Post Office and show them to their new homes. Once they are settled in, and we make any necessary adjustments to the brooder design, I’ll post plans here for anyone who is interested in copying the design for their own farm.
There is nothing more satisfying than accomplishing a big project after a lot of hard work, many late nights, and dozens of strong cups of coffee.
Now bring on the chicks — we’re ready for them!