The First Chicks Have Hatched!
Yes, we did it! Our very first hatch of the Spring season has come and gone. It wasn't easy, but we did it. Even after four additional hatches we're still working out some kinks. If you follow our Facebook page, you would know that our first hatch was delayed an entire day. It's important for us to hit the hatch day right on since we aim to hatch every Tuesday. Hatching on a Wednesday can cause problems for us when shipping to states further away or for orders that want standard priority rather than express. The worst thing that could happen is they arrive over the weekend and sit longer than they should. Luckily, we've planned for many of our first hatches to fill on-farm pick up orders so that we wouldn't have to worry about weather issues with shipping this early in the season. Ideally, we hope to be shipping and filling majority of the orders this coming April as the girls are really starting to lay again!
5 Babies In One Day!
We've had, at most, 3 new calves born in one day. This March we hit a new record: 5 babies in one day! It was insane!! Literally, one after another. To the point we had one cow giving birth and a second cow in labor thinking the other cow was pushing out her baby instead of focusing and pushing out her own! What's even crazier is that we've also had 3 sets of twins so far this year. Typically, we would normally get one, if any at all, in a year, but we've decided there must be something in the water here on the farm this year. Twins can be exceptionally hard to care for when they're born. It's a confusing time for the mother because she's unaware that she's having two. Usually the mother will claim one baby and push the other away thinking that it doesn't belong to her. Thankfully, we've only had to train one mother to accept both babies. The other two moms, much older than the first, happily took in their two babies and all are well!
Now Offering A 10 Quantity Shipped Minimum!
If you didn't already receive the notice through email last week - you're reading that title correctly! After several inquiries about shipping smaller quantities and lots of research into safe shipping methods and packaging, we are finally set up to ship as few as 10 chicks nationwide. Being able to ship this few of chicks at a time will allow us to get our healthy birds in the backyards of many more people who could never accept 25 at a time. Cheers to changes!!
Maryland Poultry Swap & Farmers' Market
- April 21st -
Every year our friends at Green Hill Farm in Sharpesburg, MD hold a poultry swap and farmers' market at least twice a year (last year they held three!). This year the first will be on Saturday, April 21st from 8am-2pm. We will be there with eggs, chicks and some pullets of each breed and our beef products! What's great about this swap is that there are always sooo many vendors with sooo many different breeds of poultry and other animals! It's definitely one of my favorite events to attend and April's spring swap is always the largest of the year. You don't want to miss it!