Last week our family grew by three.
On Thursday, we welcomed three little chicks into the fold: two Buff Orpingtons and an Easter Egger. When I brought them home they were only a day old and looked just like Easter decorations. Just little downy orbs with tiny feet and beaks.
Already they seem to have doubled in size, with discernible wings, longer legs and necks and more adventuresome personalities.
I’ve wanted to raise chickens for a long time, partly as pets and partly as a source of eggs. I like the idea that E. will grow up knowing something about where his food comes from and I hope that he will have fun with the chickens too. He loves animals and is very gentle with our cats but after almost two years they have yet to really warm up to him.
It’s also important to me to know that any eggs that are part of our diet come from animals that are well cared for. Ours are in a brooder box for the time being, but will soon move out into a spacious and well-protected backyard run and will also be allowed to free-range (with supervision) in the yard….