This week marks the beginning of the end of broiler (meat birds) season on our farm. We got the last batch of baby chicks for the season and I have mixed emotions. It’s exciting to know that we are coming into the final stretch, but I’m also a bit sad.
One of my jobs on the farm is to care for the baby chicks in the brooder. They come to us when they are barely a few days old and I’m responsible for “raising” them until they go onto pasture (which I swear is preparing me for motherhood!). For the first few days in the brooder, the temperature must be closely monitored to ensure the chicks stay warm. It’s quite a sight to see–hundreds of pint-sized, yellow fluff balls running around and tweeting as they go. There are many times that I find myself “checking on the chicks”, but really I just go in and watch them as they play or sleep. And on that note, they sleep a lot…and they can fall asleep really fast and almost anywhere (in a feeder, on another chick, on my knee, etc…).
As a tribute to all the little chicks out there I made a little video…I think you’ll understand why I think they’re so cute! (And technically this is a baby turkey/poult, but we’ll call it a chick for video sake).
Enjoy and Happy Monday,