The Bauman chickens are here!! My kids and I were pretty excited to finally pick up our chickens thanks to Des Moines Feed and Nursery. We picked up 2 Golden Laced Wyandottes and 2 Buff Orpingtons. The folks at Des Moines Feed and Nursery set us up with a heat lamp, a feeder and waterer for the baby chicks. It was so much fun looking into a box of soo many tiny chicks while Xavier and Nehemiah picked out two each. They were so excited to take them home and Xavier had a hay day singing BAWK BAWK BAWK all the way home 🙂
Before getting my chickens my husband made it very clear to me that it was going to be my job to take care of the chicks. He already maintains both of our German Shepherd Dogs and really didn’t want to tap into chicken farming until we moved to an acreage. Being such a wonderful hubby he did agree with the stipulation that they were MY chickens and if they ended up getting neglected he was taking the ax to them!! So with that said, I am pretty excited that I set up their brooder by myself! With the help of one of my dog kennels, I set up cardboard around the edges to keep the draft out, lined it with paper towels and topped it with some pine bedding. Filled up their feed and water and they have been pretty happy. They are extremely cute and so much fun to hold. The kids are still hesitant to hold them. They do enjoy watching them. This morning I found my two year old, Nehemiah, sitting in his chair in front of the birds just watching them. It was sooo adorable!
They will be living indoors for about 5 weeks. So we have about that much time to build their coop outside. I am excited that Gabe will be building that for me!!
So the adventure in Urban Chicken Farming begins. I’m excited to see them grow and have been told that we can expect to have some eggs by September! I’m still researching on feed, so if you have any advice, feel free to share!