My latest batch of chicks hatched around 11/12 April. They were 6 weeks old this week, and are now old enough to be moved outside. I did that yesterday, moving them into the pen myself and Murdo built in April.
I moved the chicks outside yesterday, their first taste of freedom!
These photos were taken before I put the netting across the top, so some hens (and cockerel) hopped in and joined them.
Seeing as only 5 of my own hatched, I was on the lookout for some more to add to my stock. I saw an advert for 17 chicks for sale from Newvalley Hens, so I snapped them up. I had bought hens, chicks and ducks off Martin & Angela before, so no qualms about doing so again.
I went over last night to pick them up.
17 Lohmann Brown hybrids – unsexed. 22 chicks in total and I’m hoping that I have around 12 hens from that. That would be a decent return.
They’re all together now, in the run. Hopefully there’ll will be no problems!