I like my chickens, and I am a victim of Chicken Math – yes, its a thing. As of now I have 1 blue Ameraucana Rooster and 11 hens total :  6 Pure Ameraucana, 2 barred rock, 2 barrred rock cross, and 1 copper maran cross. I thought that this was a manageable number and that's how it started on my farm. I got the OK to get a total of 4 hens if I built a suitable oversize coop. I got 8 chicks because I figured at least 50% would be roosters and I would have to re-home those boys. I was right – and kept 4 hens and one rooster because he was soooo pretty and the girls need a protector right? So 5 minutes after the first egg was laid by my new hens, I ordered an incubator online that holds 10 eggs. So then I proceeded to hatch 2 batches of my own eggs and sold some roosters and kept the 7 new hens. I was satisfied…… until Black Friday online shopping showed me a smoking deal on a 52 egg incubator on the side bar and how could I honestly resist? Why not try adding silkies and polish crested to my flock to add fluffiness? Yes, I need fluffiness. So I ordered 18 eggs to be shipped to my door, because you remember the rooster percentage, right? And I may have to keep one silkie rooster to “protect” his little fluffy ladies.

So with this Chicken Math explained, it is all perfectly logical that 4 chickens is not really ever only 4 chickens.  My new chicks are due to hatch in a day or two, so stay tuned for our new arrivals!

These last few weeks I have been not-so-patiently waiting for any signs of spring. It has been a hard winter this year with record snowfalls and a lack of our winter Chinooks that give us a reprieve from the cold.  Last post I had noticed that one of our hens – Pebbles was acting broody, but as I suspected she gave up a few days in. Last year I hatched some of my hens eggs and found a beautiful cross of a barred rock hen and a blue Ameraucana rooster gave me a black iridescent hen. They are more skittish, and shy, but give great color to the flock in the sunshine.

The cows ate their way through all the hay two months too early. Yes I ran out, but thanks to a neighbor that obviously planned for winter better than I did, I was able to buy another 3000 lbs of hay from him. So the (not pregnant) cows are happily eating their way into spring. The cows would be due in about a month and I am sure they are not bred. Once I confirm this fact, and April 28 passes with no calves, I may have to buy baby goats or another calf to make up for the cows shortcomings. My son needs some sort of spring babies to take care of. Yeah, lets go with that excuse. 

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Check in next week when I will have pictures of the newest fluffy baby chicks!

 – Karami.

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Welcome to Prairie Homesteading! I'm the resident writer of all things homesteading here on The Kitchen Magpie. I head up the care of all the animals out on the family farm in rural Alberta. Make sure to check out my Zoe's Best homemade dog treats section and have fun reading about all our homesteading adventures!

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