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Moving the broilers to the coop

Chicks in a bucket

At one month old, our Red Rangers are really ranging. They've wandered all the way around the trailer to check out the garden, porch, and dogfood on the other side and are leaving little presents Catching chickswhere I don't particularly want to step in them. Time to move the flock into a fenced-in pasture!

When Mark revamped our brooder this summer, he did so with the inevitable moving day in mind. The new big door on one end makes it easy to reach all the way inside to snag skittish chicks while the smaller door on the other end lets Mark play goalie, herding the cockerels in my direction. Dropping them four at a time into a six-gallon bucket makes it easy to carry the flighty critters to the home where they'll live for two more months until freezer day. Nice work on easing what can sometimes be a difficult task, Mark!

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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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There's some sort of Kentucky Fried Chicken joke in there about your picture of a bucket of chicken. Cute picture! 😂
Comment by Jennifer Fri Sep 2 09:14:33 2016

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