We added backyard chickens to our home and homeschool in 2010. In fact, it was one of the reasons we bought this house; the freedom to keep any animals that we wanted. We are blessed to live on a one acre homestead with no HOA that is in the middle of a large metropolitan area. The best of both worlds. This past year, inspired by our many travels and passionate about sustainability, we started turning our one acre property into a European inspired urban farm.
There are lots of places to get baby chicks. You can get them from your local feed store certain times of the year (the easiest, cheapest, and most fuel efficient). You can find them via your local paper. I’ve seen both chicks and full grown all ready laying hens on Craiglists several times. While I have gotten them from my feedstore a time or two, I usually have a bee in my bonnet about wanting particular breeds and so the few times we have ordered, we ordered from My Pet Chicken.
When you order them from My Pet Chicken , they come in the mail. Just like any other package. The chicks make it okay in this journey because the nutrients from their attached yolk sac feeds and sustains them during those few days after they hatch while they are in transit.
My Pet Chicken, unlike most hatcheries, allows you to order as little as 3-5 chickens of various breeds; unlike others whose minimum is 25 chicks of the same kind. So you can “cherry pick” the breeds you want based on criteria such as egg color, temperament, and other characteristics. They offer a great “find my chicken” tool on their website that helps you pick breeds based upon the characteristics you are wanting. One year, we ordered one of their “mystery breed assortments”. We knew all 5 chicks coming were females but the breeds were surprises. We had to use our deductive reasoning skills to figure out which breeds they were, making this an extra fun science project.
Here’s some baby chick pics we have taken over the years. Aren’t they sweet?
That baby in this picture below is now my 4 year old preschooler; oh where does the time go?
My eldest daughter…chick sitting…
There are some things that a textbook can’t teach. How to have gentle hands or a big heart. How even in groups of baby chicks there are friends, bullies and shy kids. I remember taking this picture and this little chick followed Audrey everywhere. Maybe she just liked the Hello Kitty wellies…
Have you ordered chicks for your homeschool?