What came first? The chicken or the egg? I’m not sure either… but meet the ladies! Day-old chicks arrived via USPS in May – a small, peeping box of pure adorable-ness.
It seemed as though you could see their growth daily. Plenty of fresh greens and veggies to supplement their diet, along with garlic and apple cider vinegar in their water weekly to boost their immune systems. I avoid vaccinations and medicated feeds.As soon as we had some warm days, the chicks were out foraging for the day.
A feathered friend.
Finally, their house was completed and the chicks were soon to begin their new life at the farm.
Moving day was a nice way to get to know the surprise rooster a little better.
The move was a fun group effort.
I savored every moment.
Fresh pasture – this couldn’t be a happier flock.
Fishing net provided a initial attempt at protection from hawks.
Caught in the act – dust bath.
Their forage area consists of diversity of vegetation: from open grassy areas to edges transitioning to dense shrub layers which provide some shade and protection from hawks.
Rotating their forage area allows them fresh forage. Here, you can see the contrast in vegetation cover where the fence line was set up.