Hi my name is Emma. My husband, 2 year old son, and I are raising chicks for the first time. Right now we have 17 barred rocks (16 hens and one roo - I think) that we got as day-old chicks on valentines day. We also have an 8 yr old german shepard mix dog, Toby, Who is learning to guard but not scare the chicks.
We got the chicks because we are trying to become more self-sufficiant with our food. The barred rocks are for eggs, and we plan on getting some meat birds in the next month. We are also getting a couple of pigs next week. Right now our basement has about 5 tables covered with seedlings and plant lights for the upcoming growing season (sound familar anyone?).