Recently, I called Tractor Supply (TSC as some call it) to see if they had a firm date on when we can expect the chicks to come to our local store. The last time I called (about a month ago,) I was informed that they come after the bunnies…as if that is helpful! I figured they’d be at the stores around Easter. Boy, was I wrong!
When I called February 1st, I was told that they could be in the stores within the next 3-4 weeks! I was asked to call them back mid-February to get a firm date. So that’s exactly what I’m going to do.
I then took a look online to see when the hatcheries are starting to ship their chicks, and it looks like they are starting February 7th! I cant believe it. It seems like yesterday Todd gave me the go-ahead to get chicks, and now, it is about time to get them. They will be a welcome addition to “the farm.”
We are trying to find a way to house them outside when they are bigger. Todd is trying to use what we have so that these chicks don’t cost us an arm and a leg. The main reason for wanting the chicks is for the eggs, help with the bugs, and fertilizer.
I found an awesome house for them on Amazon.com for $499. That is a BIT too much in my opinion (by like $450!) Todd said he could make it for $150. I still decided that was a bit much for 3 chicks (it would take over a year and a half to recoop the cost of housing the chicks.) The way I see it, when they are of laying age, we would get 3 eggs a day, or 21 eggs a week. I am basing everything off of 3 chicks providing $1.68 worth of eggs a week. I know that when it gets cold, that will not happen.
We have a very large metal dog crate that my mom gave us when she gave me Squiggy as a piglet. That crate has been a sleeping area for Squiggy (until he got too big for it,) Lana, and the kittens. Todd is going to recycle the crate and make it into a hen house. It will be moveable, it will be 2 floors, have a roof and an area for the hens to lay their eggs. I have seen the scamatics, and it looks really cool. I cant wait to see the finished project. I hate to use the crate that cost my mom over $100, but we don’t really need it.
I have been thinking about names. I kind of like – Chick, A, and Dee. So I can say, “Here chickadee!” I know…so corny.
As I have mentioned about three thousand times, I really want this year’s gifts to people to be homemade gifts. I know my father would LOVE a dozen or two of REAL eggs. He grew up on a farm and there is nothing like fresh eggs.