Where it all began. To start our small farm off, Derrick aspired to raise pasture meat broilers, while I desired to raise free range chickens for eggs. So naturally we both started our own projects together. Here is the story about BatCrow's beginning egg layers for 2014. Our first baby chicks arrived to the farm early this spring. Our daughter named the heritage Araucana chicks 'Chicka, Chicka, Boom and Boom' (Chicka and Chicka are our lighter chicks and Boom and Boom our two darker chicks). These girls will lay a variety of soft green, blue green, olive green, or pink colored eggs. We also added four Rhode Island Reds to keep the other girls company. A month later a larger batch of chicks joined the farm. This time I added a variety of 10 more Araucana, Dominique and Silver Laced Wyandotte for our egg production.
Next we began to build a moveable chicken tractor trailer to transport our chickens throughout the field once the hens are old enough to free range later this summer. This was the most fun project for me so far. We designed it together and will complete the nesting boxes interior and roosts soon.
Derrick and Brooke Sides are the husband and wife co-founders of BatCrow Farms. Dreaming the big dream one day at a time.