Friday, April 23, 2010

home sweet home

elk jawbone and coral heart
It's nice to be back home.
paperwork and bills and baby chicks
Except you can't hide from what has backed up in the meantime...
Arrived this morning
Twenty-five chicks were waiting at the post office this morning. Part of our plan to grow more of our own food, these will be raised in conformity with the French "label rougedesignation; free-range, organic, slow growing. Supposedly, these Freedom Rangers (yes, that's their name) will taste much better than factory-farmed birds and we will certainly feel better about how they are raised. We are used to having six chickens or so, for fresh eggs, so I can hardly wait to see what this many looks like swarming all over the pasture eating bugs and seeds.
DYI waterer and feeder
First, we made a couple of upcycled (or is it repurposed?) plastic water and food dispensers. They are not very attractive, but we didn't have time to wait for a firing to produce them from clay. Mr. Cranky will rig these to suspend from the top of the pen to keep the food and water cleaner.
We already had two new chicks to increase the egg-laying crew. After this brief inspection, they hopped into the box with the day-old babies and snuggled right down. So adorable.

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