Moving Day for the Chicks

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you know that this is Chick Week! Our chicks began hatching on Tuesday, and today, they moved into their temporary homes on the porch. They’ve got heat lamps and wood chips, food and water, and lots of friends. One or two look like they won’t make it, but the rest are strong and healthy. These are going to be our replacement layers. We find that new hens lay through their first winter, but they molt and quit laying their second, so we raise new layers every year and harvest the old ones as stew birds. This keeps us in eggs and soup through the dark winter months.


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About Jennie Cooper

I'm the mother of eight children, the wife of a retired soldier, and a newly minted farmer. I spend my days fairly productively, home educating our children, raising large quantities of food for several families, and volunteering in our community. I read entire novels a page at a time in the comfort of my bathroom. I tell people I'm Catholic just because they find it so shocking. I think there's nothing so exciting as a thunderstorm coming in. It doesn't bother me at all that my dog barks outside my bedroom window all night. And I rather enjoy being 40. I didn't think I would, but 40 is pretty good.

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