barrels and feed

Well, it’s here. Contained in these two lovely (truly, they’re quite pretty) 55 gallon barrels are 500 pounds of organic, soy free chicken feed. This represents the largest single expense of the broiler chicken project, coming in at around $250. Now that the decision is made, the money spent, and the goods in hand, I am quite pleased.  We got a great deal on the barrels ($15 a piece for barely used, food grade metal barrels with locking lids!) and shipping ($20 – woulda been $110 had I not hooked up with some other locals who also wanted organic feed from the same place), and a discount on the feed due to the bulk order, all of which which made us feel like wise buyers.  The chicks arrive in two weeks from the Freedom Ranger Hatchery in Pennsylvania.  I still cannot believe those little puffs manage to survive two days of transit in a cardboard box, but I guess they do. Hopefully!

Next up: the world’s most overbuilt chick brooder