I already have my first momma hen sitting on nest of eggs at the moment, and I am hoping for many more, there will be farm raised chicks
But it was also a buying year..
4- bought, 3 are with me Iceland Race Chicks, there are two roosters and one hen.. the bigger stronger roo is hard on the other roo.. at some point, I will need to sell him or cull him for the stew pot.. for the safety of all.
6- Meat Chicks- These are heavy duty meat cross birds and the girls will stay and boys, well the best boy might stay but the rest. for my best sunday dinner.
10- Mixed dual purpose, leaning heavier to the egg layer side, mix run.. the roosters are for the freezer and the hens are for my laying flock..
1- One polish rooster, growing him out and if he turns out very cute, I have a friend that loves that breed, and he might be gifted or might stay here or he might freezer camp.. his future is wide! open
1- Dual purpose rooster with the start of a split beak, he was gifted to me, because new that I would never keep, breed or gift him away, he is for the freezer camp, but he will have a great life before then.
1- Speckled Sussex (should be female) chick for my layer flock
My own chicks to be, well they are a mix run of mutts lol.. but they are proven productive suited to my farm mutts and they are pretty..
8 Up in the air I have a order for one more pure bred, but I do not know if the hatchery is selling or not at this time.. but there could be 8 more coming, if so, best rooster and second best stay, the others sell and all hens are staying.
I am tracking growout costs and will give detailed reports back but my numbers all sideways due to the fact that I am bringing things to the girls, as they are not allowed out to free range due to the bird flu warnings..
I love my birds and I have no issue sprouting for them, even daily harvest of greens but I will not risk them by letting them free ranging about at this time.. safety first!