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.