Then, in went fifty or so fluffy little chicks from our local farm store, marked down for quick sale. They were layers when what we really wanted was meat birds, but we had to start somewhere. This would be our proof of concept, our first experiment in pastured chickens.
We had made the leap! Well, one of them anyway. We had our animals, we had our knowledge, and now we were about to get our experience. They say on-the-job training is the best, but it can also be the hardest. For the time being, Tim was home to help with various things, school was almost over for Sarah and the kids, the weather was fantastic, and we were all quite optimistic. Living Light Farms was officially born.
As the summer went on, and Tim went back to work, we suffered our losses and setbacks (ask me about the Great Father’s Day Massacre of 2020 sometime), bought five sows and a hog (because, why not?), and eventually had FIVE chicken tractors and nearly five hundred broilers slowly moving their way across the cover crops behind our house. We also had 35 hens happily eating bugs and laying eggs in the back yard.