With all that’s been going on in our world, I’m seeing more about people looking…or thinking about becoming self sustaining. To me, many are going into “panic-survival mode”. Since all this began, apparently one item hard to find are eggs
Recently, it came to my attention, however, that people are now buying both baby chicks and started pullets (six week old chickens) in an effort to have eggs. A hatchery I deal with has many older ones sold out til August and day old chicks are (pardon the pun) flying out of the brooders. This is a concern and I feel there’s a need to post regarding this.
Raising chickens is a labor of love. A lot of learning, time and work goes into having them. You cannot really learn about raising chickens on Instagram, Facebook or Youtube. While of course I highly recommend my blog site for information, Lisa Steele of Fresh Eggs Daily is someone I trust, have turned to with questions over the last couple of years and is very helpful. I turned to her years back when I decided to raise chickens, along with other resources. It took me two years before I finally decided this is what I wanted to do, I was ready.
One must understand and realize that eggs are not instant. Typically anywhere from sixteen to twenty-two weeks is the soonest you may get your first egg. During times of molt or winter, eggs are not as plentiful. There’s equipment required to raise healthy chicks, proper feed, predator proof housing and runs in, above and under (and even if planning to free range, predators are a big concern), and not to mention what provisions will be taken to care for your chicks and/or hens when you want to go away. Also, what other animals do you have that may be a concern for the chickens safety (some have pets that simply will not adjust to chickens and the results are not good).
There’s so many factors to consider, the pros and cons of raising chickens. While it can be quite fun and entertaining and to us very rewarding, time is a big factor. These are not cute little fuzzies that can live in a house and bring you eggs every day. Breed consideration for where you live, breed personalities and of course should you have a roo…(rooster). Personally on this I say Yes! While roosters can have their own snarky personalities (some) they are huge protectors of their flock.
I just don’t like to see people going into panic mode and on a “whim” get these living creatures without doing A LOT of research on it. It’s not quick, it’s time and work and just like the Christmas puppy or the old time Easter chicks, these are commitments one must make and not decide to quit when the going gets to be more work, not quick enough, annoying and of course the novelty wears off.
All of us that devote ourselves to raising these sweet creatures don’t want to see chicks dying, being abandoned or even offered “free to good home”. This is a commitment. This is not something to do for the time being. These are living creatures. If after you do all your homework and feel you’re truly ready to dive in and be a chicken keeper for the long haul and not just during a pandemic, you will enjoy it and I welcome your questions, concerns and comments and I’m happy to help you get started and enjoy the years of chicken farming.
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