Last Thursday when I was hosting book group, Ken announced he was leaving to pick up chicks.
Well, he had called an on line post from a man who had a hen and chicks he could not keep.
Ken has set them up inside a hoopette in the garden on clover with a scoop of leaves.
He is hoping to reintroduce more broody behavior into our flock. Day old chicks are now about $3 - $4 each depending on breed. Ken is weighing the lack of eggs for three weeks while the broody hen hatches versus buying chicks. We have found that chicks that are raised by hens get a quicker start. And a chick raised by a hen is more likely to be able to hatch out chicks.