Spring fever has hit Steel Spoon Farm in the form of brand new, velvety soft, chirping baby chicks! I’m already smitten!
I just started my new job working from home on the Customer Service Remote Team for Meyer Hatchery last week, and it only took 3 days to ruin my chicken math! I wasn’t planning on getting chicks this early in the year but I found out the Black Copper Marans were SOLD OUT until September and there were just a few left for this Monday’s hatch so I scooped them up as soon as I clocked out Friday! There was also only ONE Welsummer left so she joined the clutch too!
I went to the hatchery on Monday to pick up my brand new chicks and meet my coworkers. It’s so nice to be able to put faces to the names of everyone I’ve met online so far. I got a tour of the whole facility and it is absolutely mind boggling how many chicks they hatch every week!
Since it’s so cold outside (winter finally showed up in Ohio) I have the chick brooder set up in my office right now. It’s totally fitting to have chirping in the background while I’m on calls for the hatchery! Once they get bigger (and dustier!) I will move the brooder out to the insulated garage. We are going to build out one of the horse stalls as a bigger coop this weekend, so that will free up the current coop to be used as my grow out pen when they out grow the brooder.
I’m so excited that I was able to get all the breeds I wanted to add for variety this year! Everyone is very happy and healthy so far and already growing like crazy. All the Marans have fuzzy legs!! One of the Easter Eggers (the one that hid her face in the photo above) has some seriously poofy cheeks so I can’t wait to see her beard grow out. I added a Meyer Meal Maker to my order also and was excited to find out that this week the MMMs were Buff Orpingtons! The Meyer Meal Maker is a free chick you can have added to your order (either a layer or a meat bird depending on what is on the rest of your order) and you donate the eggs or meat produced from that chicken. This is just one small way you can give back to your community.
Also in this batch is our first rooster! He is getting extra daily loving to make sure he grows into a friendly, humble gentleman, though I’m sure our older hens will put him in place very quickly themselves. I chose a BCM to be my rooster because I’ve heard great things about their temperaments, and they are BEAUTIFUL!
Make sure to follow us on Instagram to see chick updates in stories. They grow so fast! Stay tuned next week for a blog post about our horse stall coop conversion project from this weekend.