If any one would like chickens, I will be asking for a $10 up-front charge per bird this year. That will cover the cost of the feed and some waterers I have my eye on. The final cost will still be priced per pound with the $10 coming off as a sort of deposit. Also the same plan as before will be in effect. Those who put in 10 hours of work over the growing season will get the birds at $3.50 per pound final cost. And those that want to pay the full price and have their birds delivered at the end of the season would pay $4.50 per pound. This will be called working shares and non-working shares.
The birds will be ordered as soon as I know how many and I will order and additional 20%. They will possibly be the same breed as I got last year, which grew nicely on the barley, peas, oats and wheat diet, with whey poured over when available. I am still hoping to find a source of the older cornish cross breed that used to be available from Rochester, but now that they have combined with miller, well the selection has dwindled! I am checking out Saskatchewan and shipping etc. They will be more free range than other years, more fencing, less moving of pens and hopefully the dogs will cooperate in keeping away the coyotes at night.
The work that is needed is:
1. Spring cleanup of chicken coop and getting ready the brooding area.
2. Re- building and reinforcing the existing moveable shelters, and fences. I sold the metal ones (thank goodness!)
3. Daily feeding, watering and moving while we are away at fiddle camp.
4. Collection of birds on "transfer day" (day they transfer their energy to us... Thank them!), delivery to St. Paul Processors and bringing them home again.
I would like the "deposit " by April 25th, also the day of our annual Easter Monday Lamb Roast!