Chicks explore new ground
They don't call them chickens
24 hours after I fenced
off an outdoor playpen for the
chicks, they were
still huddled around the doorway, drawing straws to decide who should
I cut off their fresh
greens deliveries, but sprinkled some clover on top of the ramp to tempt the chicks
closer. I had expected an Australorp to lead the way, so I was
surprised to find that a Marans/Australorp hybrid was the bravest.
Once she hopped down onto the
ground a couple of times, of course, everyone else had to follow
suit. And they started grazing like cows!
I don't think of
chickens as being able to digest excessive amounts of greenery, but our
Australorps continue to prove me wrong. I think that tender
spring growth, especially, is quite digestible even if you only have a
Looks like I'll need to
expand that playpen tomorrow or the next day.
Maybe by then, the chicks will be big enough that I can use our usual temporary
fencing material and
give them more room to play.
Our chicken waterer continues to keep the
brooder clean and dry and the chicks healthy.
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