The spring chicks growing bigger and lovelier by the day.  By giving them personal interaction daily, they are very comfortable around humans.  Once, I put them into a basket and brought in the house for some ladies to admire.  They were shocked, thought they  weren’t real!   “They are so calm!” they exclaimed.  The secret, we told them, is handling the chicks at a very early age.

We’ll soon be adding to our barnyard menagerie and expect another batch of chicks to arrive in June (these were the chicks we planned on) this recent batch “was unexpected.”   Followed by another batch of baby ducks (I love chickens but these is SOMETHING about baby ducks… am I right?)

Not to get ahead of myself!   Back to the threesome we have now,  a few weeks ago (a month to be exact), our gals were officially weened off heat, lights of the brooder; however, they are still “isolated” from the main chicken flock  to ensure there will be no coccidiosis  problems (the new chicks are being given apple cider vinegar in their water to insure healthy & happy chickens)   We erected a temporary run in one of the raised beds and are using an old rabbit hutch for their “coop.”  Figure we’ll move them into the main compound in a few weeks .  That will give us time to turn over the soil in the main compound, add some fresh mulch and sprinkle some diatomaceous earth.

In the meantime, it’s fun to see the girls enjoy their earthly surroundings.

They  just love taking dust baths and go into a semi comatose trance.  One pullet was in such a trance I had to poke her to see if she was alive.  No kidding!

When I look at all our critters enjoying the dirt, sun and companionship of others I sometimes get a wee sad thinking of the animals that don’t share such experiences and shudder at the “modern” ways of bringing food to the table.

What a blessing it is to share the homestead with all creatures great and small.

:: Resources::

Caring for Citified Farm Animals

Happy & Healthy Chickens




  1. Nancy says:

    I’ve written to you before about my 4 new chickens – my first ones ever. One named Lizzy started laying 9 days ago, and has laid one egg every day since. My girls are 5 months old.

    My question is, how to you handle your “retired” egg layers. I’ve read that hens only lay until they are 3 – 5 years old, but can live to be much older. I know I will be keeping mine as pets for the rest of their lives, and getting a couple new ones once these 4 stop laying. We are vegetarians as are you. I know alot of people eat their layers once they stop laying. I’m ok with that, but I won’t be doing it.

    Where I live, we are only allowed 4 chickens, but my coop is behind a 6 foot fence, so I don’t expect anyone to know when the time comes to add to my flock.

    Since you are getting quite a few more chickens, I was wondering if you are increasing your numbers, or have done something else with the chickens you’ve had for a long time.

    I also look at how happy my girls are, and feel so sad for the factory farmed ones.

    I’ve missed your posts, as it seems you aren’t posting as much as you used to. I worried about you, too, with the last round of California wildfires.

    Nancy R, in Florida

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