I got a little out of control when I did my spring order of chicks. There are so many varieties – I wanted to try them all!!! I definitely fell short of ordering them all but I got a really nice variety. I ordered 57 from my favorite hatchery (Murray McMurray), and they threw in 3 free chicks – which all arrived healthy and well! That made 60.
I put 14 chicks on a friend’s order to another hatchery, so I could get a few more breeds. That brings our total to 74.
I then found one of my own adult hens with 4 chicks that she had hatched up in the loft of our barn. That brings the total to 78! Yikes, thats a lot of chicks!!! I will need a few more nest boxes.
The oldest bunch of this years chicks should be mature and laying eggs in July or August. I will have plenty of fresh free-range eggs to go around!