Quilting, Farming, Variety

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Baby Chickens

O.k., so we're starting over again; new baby chickens, little yellow balls of fluff and little bright eyes. Even after almost forty years of growing chickens, the babies are still cute to me. This picture shows the way they are taken into the houses; 100 chicks in each of these boxes, and that's only for half of one house, and only the first of four houses, for a total of 68,000 chirping babies. We take each box and dump the chicks out between the feed and water lines.
In just a matter of minutes they begin to eat and drink; by morning they will be scattered.

It's not a glamorous life, but it's my life, and this must be my calling, working to help feed the world.


  1. we live in a suburb of phoenix and were thinking this weekend to buy 4-5 chicks and get some chickens going in our backyard. the city allows it, just don't know how to do it, how much work it would be, etc. do you coop all yours i'm assuming? or are they free roaming?

  2. oh Charlotte you are going to be busy!

  3. I know it must be hard work, but those little chicks are so cute.

  4. I think it is an honorable, courageous, beautiful way of life Charlotte.
    I can hardly imagine that many chicks. They are definitely adorable. Do most of them survive? That would be the hard part for me - getting my emotions out of the way.

  5. Aw - they're so cute. I would probably get attached to every one of them and be sad - knowing their fate.
    Thanks for sharing your world - and for helping to feed ours!

  6. Don't laugh, Charlotte, but I would love to kiss each one of those 68,000 little fuzz balls!
    (When can I start? *haha*)

  7. Oh my goodness 68,000! Wow! What are you going to do with that many chickens? Eggs? Meat?
    I love baby chicks. They remind me of my youth. I would love to pet them all.