New Life on the Homestead

Little Chick

Mom and I swore we weren’t going to breed our flock anymore!

The reason, quite frankly, is because our birds are too closely related. Most of our flock are brothers and sisters, with only a handful of the original flock left…

I have found when breeding, you can breed cousins, aunts and uncles and even mother and child, or father and child… but not brother and sister… There are way too many hereditary health issues which can make your flock very weak… including malformations…

The best method of breeding, I believe, is called ‘Clan Breeding.’ This is where you start with two separate flocks (same breed, of course)… then, you take a rooster from each of the two flocks and switch them out… next, you let nature take its course…

Sunrise Over Garage

Since we decided to no longer breed our flock, we’ve been collecting our girls eggs 2-3 times a day…

However, as things in life happen… nature won out!

Little Sis and Baby Chicks

Our youngest hen, ‘Little Sis,’ decided to go broody a few weeks back! She was strongly protective of the eggs she was sitting on, so I decided to let nature take its course and hope for the best!

Now, we have new life here on the homestead! We have been blessed with 10 precious little baby chicks!

Colorful Chick

For the last few days, we allowed momma and chicks to go outside to stretch their legs, and wings… Little Sis has been quite appreciative of the free ranging, especially after sitting on a nest for 3 weeks! However, we have only been letting them out for about 30-60 minutes in the evening…

Momma is not too thrilled with this schedule, so today, for my own peace of mind, I have opted to forgo going to church and stay close to home… I am going to let Little Sis have a say in when the little ones can go in and out… and for how long… but, this momma hen is staying close by to give Little Sis a hand if need be…

So, with that said, I am going to go let the little ones out to explore, and watch Little Sis teach her young!

Greener Pastures

Till next time,

~ Sheri

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Desperate for change, I left the city behind and moved to the country... I am obsessed with raising chickens, old barns and cooking from scratch. Welcome to my homestead!

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