Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Yellow Puff Balls

So cute and precious!

Our chicks arrive a day old from Murray McMurray Hatchery or Vega Farms. The chicks are extremely vulnerable, so we house them in the nursery coop for a two-week period. The nursery coop is set up with heat lamps to provide needed warmth. 

After two weeks, they have the fortitude to venture out of the nursery coop and into an alfalfa pasture designated specially for the young ones.

It takes six months for the chicks to begin laying their eggs. When young hens first begin to lay, the eggs are smaller in size and are called pullet eggs. As they mature, the eggs are larger.