New Chicks On the Farm

Our farm is constantly growing something whether it be crops for the cattle, the garden, the herd or the flock.  Each spring I try to add new chicks to the flock so that in the winter months I can still have eggs while the older chickens can take a break.  Most chickens start laying at six months of age.  I recently added eighteen bitties to the farm.There are six Buff Orpingtons, six Speckled Susses and six Columbian Wyandottes.

9 thoughts on “New Chicks On the Farm

  1. Colin


    Will have to look up these breeds – they would also serve as meat birds as they are of the larger varieties.
    Enjoy your upcoming summer – here winter is approaching but to you in this area, you’d probably think it is only a warm Spring or Autumn – ha ha!
    Your Aussie mate

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    1. countrygirllifeonthefarm Post author

      We rarely use the hens for meat birds, only egg production.
      Summer is coming in and out and rain can’t seem to stop. It’s slowing a lot of garden and hay harvest. I do hope your winter is mild and you stay well!
      Your American friend,


    1. countrygirllifeonthefarm Post author

      In late fall the hens will begin a second molt and when they molt they stop laying and usually from late October thru January. As the hens age they lay less and less each year. I have about 10 hens right now that Eddie considers freeloaders because they’ll lay about every other day for two months and not lay the rest of the year. We butcher young roosters for dumplings, soup or chicken salad. The old hens are literally so tough you could break a tooth trying to eat them even when pressure cooked.

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      1. Jane Fritz

        Lol. Those 10 old dames had better watch out for Eddie!
        You’re description of the dining pleasure of the old hens reminds me of an old rooster we dispatched back in our farming days. Very similar experience!!

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    2. Colin

      I looked up the breeds of chickens you are adding to your flock.
      They appear to be good layers, and big birds which I should think would be an asset
      in your freezing winters.
      Here in Australia, these varieties would be only with poultry fanciers for showing at agriculture shows.
      The principle laying variety here in Australia these days are the Isa Browns or Whites.
      Pure machines in egg production!

      Winters here in Terrigal would be rather like moderate summer days in Virginia.



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