We originally decided to wait and get our chicks until early May since we still had plenty to do to get ready for their arrival (and not to mention other animals later this summer). It turned out our May 7 arrival date worked perfectly with our late winter/spring. I'm not sure what we would have done if they came in April. Our electricity in the barn wouldn't have been up and running. And, our chicken coop would not have been anywhere done yet!
We got our chicks from Sunnyside Hatchery in Beaver Dam, Wis., via Countryside Co-op. When I picked the chicks up from the feed mill it was obvious it was a chick delivery day. All you could hear was CHEEP-CHEEP-CHEEP from the stacks of boxes containing the new chicks.
Today they're just shy of a month old. I can't believe how fast they're growing. Their fuzz is almost gone and their feathers are starting to turn brown. The coop is almost done (I'll post an update on our coop soon). The chicks should still be good in their brooder box for another week or so since they have enough room to run around.
I own and manage Cylon Rolling Acres in northwestern Wisconsin. On my farm I raise Boer - Kiko meat goats and dairy buck kids all on pasture. We also harvest maple sap. Read more here.
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Cylon (pronounced Si-lon) is the name of our township in St. Croix County, Wisconsin. Sorry fans, our farm is not named after the robots of Battlestar Galactica.