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As a homesteading, homeschooling family, we try to include our kids in what’s going on around the farm. Our son has been watching all this blog stuff with great interest. He finally asked us if he could write his own article. So, here is the kid version of raising chickens. It is really quite interesting to see what things are perceived as the highlights (by this kiddo anyway). Just to make things a bit clear, here is some background:
Chick Mobile: several years back, my husband built a brooder in the pole barn in CO. It was roughly 4’x4′ and when he finished, he set it on a wheeled frame he used for working on arcade games. It turned out to be handy to be able to easily move the brooder around the barn, so now our son thinks a brooder should be mobile… and hence the “chick-mobile”
Egg Mobile: we can thank Joel Salatin for this. Joel is always so creative with his naming, so we called our first mobile coop an “eggmobile” as well. Ever since our son can remember, we have moved our little layer flock around our property.
Scraps: all our plate scrapings and such are shared with the chickens. Don’t worry, we provide plenty of layer feed as well.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We had a great day, filled with family, food and pie. We certainly have a lot to be thankful for.
On Thanksgiving morning, I went down to the barn to do my usual morning chores. The birds were singing and it was a beautiful morning. As I got to the barn door, it seemed that the birds were singing especially loud. Peep! I opened the barn door and the noise was even louder. PEEP! PEEP!
Now, it’s important to note that every year around Thanksgiving our hens take a “laycation”. We allow them to, even hens deserve a break. We’ve gotten one egg in the past week. We’ll put some lights in the barn in January, so they will have enough daylight to start laying again. So imagine my surprise to see a hen proudly walking around with her 2 chicks!
Not only did she manage to sit on 2 eggs, but she did it in the goat pen! The way the goats scuffle it’s amazing that she was able to sit on her little nest without getting squashed. She went unnoticed until her chicks started loudly peeping.
I gave the new mama a handful of food and she told her chicks it was time to eat. I love watching a hen with her chicks, they are very attentive mothers. It’s been chilly at night, but the chicks have been nice and warm under their mother’s wings. Fall probably isn’t the best time for a hen to hatch some eggs, but this hen is doing a fantastic job and I’ll take it.