Hey friends, happiest Thursday! How’s your week going so far? I have some exciting news to share. We added five Olive Eggers (baby chicks) to the farm! We might be crazy, but we officially have 20 chickens at Frenchie Farm.
and then there were 20…
About 7 months ago, we had zero chickens. These day, it seems like we always have baby chicks hanging out in the basement. The second we transition our babies outside, we place another order for more baby chicks. We might have a slight chicken obsession over here, but I don’t mind 😉
Our chicken coop maxes out at 20 chickens, so we won’t be adding any more babies to the mix for a while. It might seem a bit excessive to have 20 chickens, but adding more chickens to the farm really doesn’t increase the workload at all. The only difference between 5 chickens and 20 chickens is that we need to purchase more food and clean the coop a bit more. I think that’s a pretty solid trade off for more farm fresh eggs, don’t you?
We currently have Australorps, Rhode Island Reds, Plymouth Rocks, and Easter Eggers on the farm. Both Ben and I love eggs with different color variations, so we decided to add Olive Eggers to our flock. Our Olive Eggers (which were ordered from My Pet Chicken) will lay an olive-colored egg varying from light olive to army green. I’m seriously so excited for these girls to start laying!
Ben brought our chicks home while my sister had her two youngest over at our house to visit. Needless the say, the kids were so excited to meet the babies!
Immediately after taking the baby chicks out of the box, you need to physically force the chicks to drink water to prevent dehydration. The baby chicks are only 1 day old, so it’s not uncommon for them to die from the stress during shipping. (One of our babies didn’t make it past 24 hours last time.) My sister and I quickly noticed one chick acting super lethargic, so we forced her to drink water a few more times. She perked up within about an hour and started to eat independently, so I’m hoping that she pulls through. Fingers crossed!
Other than getting more baby chicks, life on the farm has been pretty slow lately. We need to clear out the remaining plants from the summer garden over the next week or two, but at least our kale is still going strong! I wish our summer garden could last all year round.
Judging my Lucy’s face, I think she agrees. Goofy goat.
Olive Eggers: Questions
What type of chicken would you get? If you have chickens, let me know the breed/variety below!