Here a chick, there a chick, everywhere a….
This morning we went to out first Poultry Swap, right here in Smithsburg, Maryland! Since our first chickens were “brown” (ie no breed) from TSC, we wanted to get some good Heritage breeds. We settled on seven new babies, all about 2-3 days old, and we’ll get a range of brown, white and blue-green eggs. We also bought some organic feed, made right here in a town at a mill.
More chickens meant we needed to get on fixing the coop. We picked a small barn on the property and worked on getting it empty. The previous owners left the barns full of junk but also a lot of treasures – hand-hued barn wood, old solid wood doors, hand-engraved signs, old sleds, to name a few. After separating the diamonds in the rough from the junk, we set to work cutting down the trees and vines growing into the building and the foundation. Some of the vines were as thick as young trees, which made for hard work. With a couple stops for cold beverages and lunch, we managed to finish. In just a few short weeks, this will be home for our 13 girls!
This was our first real renovation on the farm, and it’s good to feel progress. It’s still a bit cold for the older babies but they’ll get to enjoy this soon. For now, they’ll stay in the basement under the heat lamp with their new sisters, where their chirps drive the cats a bit nutty.