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And so it begins…


We are actually farmers! It seems so fitting that our first batch of chicks should arrive of the first day of Spring. Granted, there was snow on the ground and the temperature outside didn’t exactly bring to mind cuddly chicks and Easter bunnies, but they came none the less! Prior to their arrival, John had … Read the Rest

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Goin’ and Growin’


Our babies are doing well and growing like weeds! Jonathan (JAK) is taking care of the chicks on a daily basis. Daily chores for the chicks include making sure all of the heaters stay lit so that the chicks don’t get cold. Making sure the chicks have feed and water at all times is also … Read the Rest

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The Chicks Have ARRIVED


Anticipation was brimming despite the drizzling rain as Miriam called the post office early in the morning… “Hello?” “Hi Heather, this is Miriam.” “Hey, I was just going to call you! Your chicks are here! They’re so cute, I peaked at a couple of them!”   Daniel and we three apprentices (Jonathan, Miriam, and I) went to … Read the Rest

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The Chicks Are Coming!


Spring is on its way; we’re beginning to see its cheery head trying to pop up everywhere! When I think of Spring the first thoughts that come to mind are bright images of flowers, bunnies, budding trees, greening grass, and, yes, chicks! The trees might not be budding just yet, flowers aren’t blooming yet, but … Read the Rest

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Winter Cleaning


Everyone’s heard of your home going through Spring cleaning, sometimes you even have a Fall cleaning… If you’re one of Polyface’s chickens, your home goes through a Winter cleaning, too. That’s right, I’m talking about our brooder. Between our broiler chicks and our last batch of layer chicks this past year we used a pressure … Read the Rest

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The Mini Brooders


The “big brooder” isn’t the only brooder we have here at Polyface. We also have what we call our “mini brooders”. We have two square brooders that each have a gas overhead heater, windows on either side, and hinges on the roof to make a “door”. This is where Heather brooded the chicks she hatched … Read the Rest

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The Big Brooder


  When I say “the big brooder”, I’m not talking about a large person who routinely worries about (or broods over) life. For lots of farmers, and especially everyone here at Polyface, the word “Brooder” conjures an entirely different image… “The Brooder” is a heated building on our farm designed to provide an optimal environment … Read the Rest

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