It’s very exciting, our baby chicks have arrived to the brooder house! On Saturday, April 16th we received our order of chicks from the Murray McMurray hatchery. Believe it our not, the chicks are mailed to Living History Farms and Mike, the Farms Manager went to pick them up at the post office! We have several different types of chicks that have arrived for various places around the property. Dominiques will live at the 1850 farm while the Conchins, with their fuzzy feet, will head to the Tangen House in town. Here at 1900 we have a couple of different types of birds, one with fun colorings and one with a crazy coif!
These birds will be fed and used over the summer for egg collection and different education programs on the farm. If you want to be one of the first to see the newbies (before they become teenager chicks and decidedly awkward looking) come visit the farms on Saturday April 23rd during our Easter event. Visit LHF.org for more information.
Meanwhile, stay tuned to this blog to track the progress of these birds. Right now they are living under heat lamps in the brooder house, but soon enough they will be able to move to their permanent houses, the chicken coops around LHF they will call home. As we track the chickens, we will talk about the value they had in 1900 and relate them to chickens today!