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Best-behaved chicks

Six-week-old pullet

We usually move our chicks from free ranging to fenced pastures when they're about a month old. The transition isn't for their sakes but for mine --- older chicks have a tendency to scratch up my mulch and peck up my strawberries.

This set of pullets preferred browsing the far edge of our yard beneath the pear trees rather than invading the garden.
But at six weeks old, they'd dramatically outgrown their brooder. Off the coop it was to learn grownup perching!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Love the pictures of your chicks the most. We keep ours in a 15x20 run and they seem to love the space.
Comment by Chris Robock Wed May 25 16:51:24 2016

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