Our "farm" began with six egg-laying backyard chickens before moving out to the 40 acres that is now Crooked Gap Farm. Somewhere and somehow along this farming journey though the poultry operation was pushed to the back ... and eventually to the way back! Once we began adding pigs, cattle, and eventually sheep to the farm I became less focused on the plans and managing of our poultry flocks. It's not that I didn't keep upgrading infrastructure or that we quit having birds, but rather it was just a part of our farm that I didn't put much thought into. That is going to change this year though because I have a plan for both our meat chickens and our egg-laying flock!
The Ultimate Crooked Gap Farm Chicken Plan for 2015Our Egg-Laying Chicken Plans (Ordered ASAP):
- Buff Orpington (15-25) - brown eggs
- Black Astralorp (15-25) - brown eggs
- Delaware (15-25) - brown eggs
- Barred Rock (50-75 including roosters) - brown eggs
- Araucana (at least 25) - blue/green eggs
- Pearl-White Leghorns (at least 25) - white eggs
- Dominiques (25 cockerels)
- New Hampshire Reds (25 cockerels)
- Nacked Necks (25 cockerels)
- White Rocks (25 cockerels)
- Pioneers (25 straight run)
- Freedom Ranger Black Broiler (100 straight run)
What I can tell you is that I'm excited to have a plan! I'm sure there will be some bumps along the way still and I know there will be some "hard lessons learned" to share, but at least I have something to start with. Do you have chick plans for this spring? If you're ordering chicks what will you be ordering? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
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