Bundle of fluff

Numero Uno

Sorry for the lack of postings lately, we’ve (I’ve) been so busy. Besides the exciting everyday urban homestead life and working on the upcoming greywater/rainwater PowerPoint presentation, Earth Day preparations, garden work, sustainable projects and construction, we (and a apprenticing volunteer) have been doing our best handling email after email, request after request, phone call after phone call and invite to this and that.    It’s really great to see the urban sustainable movement gain in popularity. But we need more of us to be everywhere and participate in local events and so forth.   Anyhow, enough bemoaning, we have some exciting news to report.

An update on our chicken hatching operation. Out of the four fertile eggs remaining only one chick hatched successfully yesterday (3 days late actually). There’s a really dramatic story behind this little chick’s entry into the world, but it would really require a less hectic and non interrupted time for relating such a touching and precious story.    Instead, enjoy photos of this day old cutie – and hope she/he continues to thrive.    We really learned quite a lot about hatching–and ourselves–from this life-school experiment that we never could have learned from reading a book. This chick’s hatching wasn’t in the books; it came into the world against all “hatching” odds.

Because only one chick hatched, we’ve provided it with a mirror to keep itself company as it awaits 60 peeping baby chicks on April 9th. (The chicks were supposed to be here by now but the hatchery delayed their shipment due to weather.) No, no, don’t worry.  We aren’t going be adding 60 chickens to our flock – we might as well move out then and leave the urban homestead to the chickens.   All but 6 will be parceled out to the local folks who preordered baby chicks and pullets.

There may be a few left over since Jordanne ordered a few extra “just in case.” We’ll keep you posted. Most of the chicken order was standards, and they come pre-sexed; however, a few of the orders were for bantam chickens and bantams, as you know, are too hard to sex since they are so small. This means that there is a really good chance of a few roosters in the bantam bunch, and they will need to go to good homes where they can crow their hearts out.

So spread the word, come second week in May there will be some roosters needing good and decent homes to live out their lives.   With all the responsibility that comes with just raising day old chickens, Jordanne is fretting about having to find homes for bantam roosters (if her calculations are correct she’s figuring that she would need to find homes for 15 roosters), so if you can help, contact Jordanne @ jordanne(at)pathtofreedom(dot)com for more information.

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  1. Karen Hiraxh says:

    Congratulations on the new “baby.” Following the struggle to see how many would make it makes this little one seem very charmed. I’ll look forward to hearing the whole story when there’s time.

  2. Angie says:

    very cute!

    That’s one lucky little chick…to be born into the Dervaes family!

  3. Nancy Kelly says:

    Poor chickie all alone! Can’t you put it with the hens, maybe one would take it under her wing, literally?

    As for any roosters, I dare you to make them cat food! Better a happily raised chicken be eaten than a factory farmed chicken. To be really correct, I know I should raise my own rabbits or chickens to feed my several cats, but the “ick” factor is too strong. Do you feel that way too?

    Again, I LOVE that olla, it is not buried yet as it is just too pretty, it is sitting as garden art in the middle of my strawberry bed – we’ll see if it is ever buried!


  4. David says:

    Great to hear one outta 4 pecked thru! ……… Have a great Spring season & weekend all & Happy Passover & or Easter.

  5. Jamie says:

    Congrats….you must be such a proud mama!