Posts Tagged ‘chicks’

Visit Us During the Loudoun Farm Tour This Weekend May 20-21, 10am-4pm We are looking forward to welcoming new and returning visitors during the Loudoun Spring Farm Tour May 20-21 from 10am-4pm. The farm store will be stocked as always with rabbit meat, pork, eggs from our free range chickens and ducks, organic bath and […]

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Farm Store Open This Saturday, May 6th, 12-4pm  This Saturday welcome the warm weather with a visit to the farm! We have two litters of piglets to see! In the farm store we’ll have rabbit meat, chicken and duck eggs, bath and beauty products, beeswax candles, handmade magnets, coasters, and more! Address and directions are on […]

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This Saturday we’ll be open from 12pm to 4pm. No need to schedule an appointment, just come on out and stock up on all our great farm fresh goodies! Be sure and check out all the special offerings this weekend like chicks, ducklings, and hog share signups! Chicks and Ducklings This Saturday, Lauren from Boot’s Shire […]

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This week’s nice weather has brought out all the farm helpers pictures above: Noah, Ghost, and Rebecca! This past Saturday was a busy one at the farm store. Many people came by to see Lauren of Boot’s Shire Homestead and the chicks she had for sale! Remember she’ll be back with chicks and ducklings on […]

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The farm store is open this Saturday from 12-4pm. If you’ve been wanting to stop by the farm and see the animals while stocking up on some goodies, this is the time to do it! No appointment needed, just come on by! We have just 2 barrow American Guinea Hog piglets left for sale from our […]

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For all the diversity in this world, some things are universal. Like how children rub their eyes when they’re tired. Or how the minute they see a flock of chickens, they’re chasing after the birds. We have ducks in the front, and the minute children step out of a vehicle they’re tearing after the ducks. On […]

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Spring is a busy time of year as we get started on our poultry meat production. This year we’re doing duck and chicken. We get the ducklings and chicks as just two day old chicks, and take them all the way through processing ourselves. In the video you’ll see our meat bird chicks, destined to […]

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Oh my goodness do we have some fun stuff going on at the homestead! All kinds of livestock fun has been going on, read about it below! Chicks! So Many Chicks! And Ducklings Too… Over the past few weeks we have had so many chicks! We’ve had laying hen chicks, meat chicken chicks, meat duck […]

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It’s been another busy week on the homestead. This morning we’ve been busy preparing for the pekin ducks that will arrive next week! Look forward to some delicious, healthy pastured duck meat to be available around the beginning of May. Love for Whispering Willow Lip Balm I recently tested the Whispering Willow Lip Balm we […]

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Red Sex Link Chicks [Video]

We have chicks now! A couple of weeks ago we received our latest batch of chicks in the mail, 100 red sex link hen chicks. We order chicks from a reputable hatchery and then raise the chicks in our brooders in the garage. These chicks were very popular and we sold out quickly! Because they […]

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Spring is Coming! It may not feel like it now, but spring is fast approaching! I can see it in the days that are getting progressively longer. Today we worked outside until 6:30pm, and it seems that not so long ago it was dark by 5pm. While we look forward to warmer weather, I know […]

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Growing Chicks

This morning before work we tended to our chicks. As you can see they have grown very quickly! They are feathering out and excited for any opportunity to roost, jumping up on the ledge of the brooder box every time we open it. Our dog Whiskey is handling the chicks very well. She is showing […]

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Chicks

The day with the second most snow accumulation in a single day of the year was a perfect day to get new chicks. It was 18 degrees out, but the chicks had arrived at the Tractor Supply store, and Adrienne was anxious to get chicks. The varieties they had today were Ameraucana and Buff Orpingtons. Our goal […]

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The chicks have been growing incredibly fast! The cardboard nesting box we built for them was once spacious and luxurious for the little chicks, now these little hens are all bunched up and nearly able to jump over the walls when we take the top off to replace their food and water. Luckily for them, spring has come to Northern Virginia early this year! We’ve had many warm days so have taken the chicks into our yard to explore the new surroundings, under strict supervision of course.

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Our chicks are now approximately five and three weeks old (if you recall we have two varieties: Araucanas and Golden Comets). We recently made another trip to the local feed store to get some more chick food. The twenty-five pound bag we purchased when we bought the chicks is almost all gone already, so we purchased another three twenty-five pound bags of non-medicated chick food. This should last them until they are ready to go outside and eat “layer” feed.

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Our little chicks are doing quite well in their brooder.  We change the water a few times a day as they do get shredded paper (and occasionally poop) in it.  We also replenish the food as needed. The chicks walk around the box, hop up on the roosts, cluck, and just hangout.  We take them […]

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After we came home with our chicks, it was time to assemble the brooder box.  We had everything we would need, but we hadn’t put it together yet.  While it’s often recommended that you have everything ready to go before bringing home the chicks, I’m glad we waited until we had the chicks.  We were […]

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Once we decided that we were going to have laying hens for eggs, we had to get them.  We had to wait until after our Spring Break trip to get the chicks as we didn’t want to find a sitter to care for them for a week.  When we returned, we called around to the […]

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