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Chicks day out

Chicks roaming on their own for the first time.

Despite the danger of snakes we decided to let the chicks roam during the day.

Some chicks prefer to stay in and watch the others enjoy outdoor life.



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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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a closely mowed area around the brooder house will discourage snakes and perhaps encourage the chicks to come out.
Comment by wewally Sun Aug 14 19:43:17 2016
Good point....I've since trimmed that area a little better than the photo shows.
Comment by mark Mon Aug 15 15:57:27 2016





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