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Chicks Get A New Home

On July 27, baby chicks arrived via USPS at approximately 3 days old. That makes then 12 days at the time of this writing. They were staying toasty warm in their box, though I recently turned off their light and they've done well without it. But they were also getting bigger and I noticed they were pecking at the walls. They must be going mad in there by now! So I thought to myself, "Self? The temps have returned to normal, seasonal levels....AKA hot! Why not throw caution to the wind and kick little blighters to the curb?" Which means I decided to put them out in the chickpen.


You can see here I placed a sheet of tin on the southwestern side to block hot sun, but it should also absorb heat for them to use at night. The other sides are open to fresh air. And they can snuggle in the green bucket at night. (Fingers crossed).
At first they were like "whaaaat?", but quickly became curious at the fresh wood chips under their feet.

chickpen open

Within minutes, they were trying to dig and wallow in it to dust bathe! And I was like "whaaaat?" I added a couple of buckets full of fresh wood chips and then a bucket garden dirt that has passed it's prime, for me anyway.


OMG! I have never seen such a young chicks so excited to have space and stuff to do! They jumped and flapped their wings and pecked at anything that caught their eye. Yes even the unsuspecting cricket didnt stand a chance!
So you may wonder why I am so happy for these little guys that I am raising just to eat. Unlike my pet egg birds, these little ones lives are short, but this is part of my plan to grow my own, be it eggs, meat, milk or greens. Who wouldn't chose a tomato grown on a healthy, lush, productive plant that lives only 5 or 6 months, even if a less-than-beautiful one can produce tomatoes as well? The scrawnier plant may do ok, but something is lacking. Therefore something will be lacking in it's fruit. The lush, healthier plant has more of what it needs, giving it's fruit more of what we need. All that to say this, I would rather eat a healthy, active bird than one that is scrawny and lacking. Happy and playful, eagerly digging and hunting bugs makes for a healthier bird and in turn, a healthier me.


Tonight will be their first night outside in the chickpen. I will keep them there a few more weeks before letting them have the run of the bigger pen. More grass and bugs await as they jump and fly and fatten up!


I will be sure to monitor their progress and share it as often as I can! Ya'll keep checking back!


Jill Barlow


Future articles will include information about gardening, meat birds, egg birds, photos and lots of project ideas.

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