2011 will bring new adventures in my fowl-rearing life.
The batch of chicks that I get this season will not be for layers, but for meat birds instead. My friend and I will raise 50 K22s Salatin-style; i.e. on pasture in movable coops. If all goes well with them, I will raise a second fall batch to feed my wedding guests in October!
I am looking forward to this new relationship with chickens, and curious to see how I handle it. I feel so close to my layers; I think of them more as pets than farm animals. I wonder if it will be difficult to process the meat birds after raising them from chicks.
I will continue to keep layers, and currently have 3 generations in the coop. It has been interesting to watch how the different subflocks interact, especially now that the snow keeps them all close to the coop.