It's a Boy! It's a Girl! It's more Boys and Girls! A mix of colorful peeps hatched, to a total of 18. They are soft and sweet and peep a lot. They are in the brooder now, at a temp of 95. Each week, the temp will be lowered 5 degrees until we reach the ambient temp. (Anywhere from 27 to 72 lately!) After that, we will introduce them to the Araucauna chicks and put them together after a few days. Then, later in the summer, we will combine them with the laying flock. This is for any hens. Of the probable high number of cockerals, we will pick one to keep, and the others will be sold. Thanks for coming along on this little journey with us here at Helder~Herdwyck Farm! It was fun having a little Christmas in April, despite it's challenges.
Erin Bradt, 6th+ generation farmer, is co-owner with husband Ray and manager here at Helder~Herdwyck Farm. Located in the Helderberg Mountains of upstate New York, Erin also owned and managed The Wren's Nest, a fiber arts supply business she opened in 2002. Selling a variety of fiber arts equipment and supplies, it is being phased into the Farm business. Erin teaches frame loom weaving and punch-needle rug making, as well as spinning. A 2013 graduate of Holistic Management International's Beginning Women Farmers class and 2014 Annie's Project class, Erin oversees the holistic management and sustainable practices of her family farm. Her fondest endeavor is continuing the introduction of Herdwick sheep to the America's. A valuable breed to the future of agriculture.