Lots of spring cleaning and chick caring today. Our chickens (25 Buff Orpingtons and 26 Welsummers) are growing up! They have their first feathers out and had to use them last night when the temperature dropped below 30. They have not learned to use the shoot yet and prefer to stay up in the warmth of the coop, but soon Thelma, our seasoned Buff Orpington Hen, will be teaching them the art of foraging and hunting, and at that point we will be thinking back to these first days longingly while we wonder the fields calling "cheep cheep" for that one adventurous chicken that has decided to explore the world, ignoring the electric fences. The spring cleaning consisted of preparing the wood workshop where we will be building a new chicken mobile! This one will have 12 laying boxes, convertible walls to adapt to the heat of the summer, and a newly designed floor that allows easy cleaning. Yep, our chickens will be sprinting down the field of the farm in no time in their shiny new vehicle this summer.
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