Hi all -
Our 4 (almost 5) year old son Frankie came home from school and wanted "chicks". Apparently, that day, the local farm brought in a handful of chicks/ducklings and the kids had a blast.
Initially, we said no...but he persisted.
Quite honestly, he has 10 fish that he cares for every day.
We have 2 dogs - old timer and young pup and he is amazing with their care.
Well, why not. We love animals and love providing for ourselves.
We went to the store (Tractor Supply near us) and walked away with 12 "straight run" chicks and 2 ducklings...all, a few days or so old.
I built them a sturdy 48" x 48" by 16" box, put down ample shavings, hung their feeder and waterer and even put in a shallow water hole for the ducklings.
as they say - "let the fun begin"
Who would have know the joy we've been experiencing in the week since they arrived.
Frankie is so responsible and gentle with them and his care has been much more than we actually anticipated. He (we) has developed quite a bond.
We even started an Instagram account to document the growth and daily interaction - frankiesfamilyfarm
Here lies the fundamental issue - Frankie is aware that we are only keeping pullets (I think I have that right - hens? chickens that will lay eggs!) :)
I made an arrangement with a local farmer (who has hundreds of chickens) to take any roosters...once we clearly identify them as such.
Our question - how do we identify the boys from the girls (i'm sure there are jokes stirring about after that comment)
Their feathers are beginning to come in...shocked that is happening so fast. very cool.
does the mere presence of "tail" feathers indicate the chick is a Rooster?
So excited to continue this journey...ANY advice is welcomed!!
Have a great weekend
Frankie and his Family Farm