Red Wicket Market Farm is a small farm 25 minutes from downtown Columbus, Ohio, near Slate Run Metropark. Breeding Black Ameraucanas and Black Copper Marans to the Standard of Perfection, as well as some Olive Eggers just for fun.

Friday, February 6, 2009

New chicks will arrive in March

If you're a gardener, you love those garden catalogs that provide solace at the darkest, coldest time of year. Garden catalogs give you a glimpse of blue sky, green plants and bright flowers and vegetables and give you a reason to dream of spring.

The new year also means that the chicken catalogs arrive, filled with pictures of cute fluffy chicks and the lovely birds they will become. I chose to order chicks from Meyer Hatchery this year. They're an Ohio hatchery, which means that I can pick up the chicks instead of having them mailed to me like we did last year. I want to see the facility, too.

Here's what I ordered:

4 Cuckoo Marans pullets
5 Easter Egger pullets
3 Easter Egger cockerels
2 white Leghorn pullets
2 blue Andalusian pullets
4 gold-laced Wyandotte pullets
2 Rhode Island Red pullets
2 New Hampshire Red pullets
4 Barred Plymouth Rock pullets
3 Barred Plymouth Rock cockerels

I chose some new breeds this year (Marans, Leghorns, Andalusians, Rhode Island Reds, New Hampshire Reds) and some tried and true favorites (Easter Eggers, Wyandottes and Barred Plymouth Rocks). I also ordered some cockerels. I'm trying to make the farm self-sustaining so that we won't have to order peeps each year (although ordering peeps is just as adictive and fun as ordering seeds).