The Beginning of the End…

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,

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3 Responses to The Beginning of the End…

  1. That was awesome. Thanks so much. I am getting a lot out of following Polyface’s flows and rhythms, gives me a chance to farm vicariously. I am a very new gardener, and just planted some oregano and mint. At the end of the week, I’m hoping to try starting some squash seeds. Even though it’s late in the summer, things stay hot here in Israel for a while, so I thought I’d give it a shot.

  2. Jamie Pike says:

    Oh my gosh that was the cutest video ever! You are so talented and creative. And adorable (the baby chick, well and you too…haha). Gotta love the “chicks!” =)

  3. Stephanie says:

    This was awesome. It cut ally brought tears to my eyes because it really does remind me of my babies.