Welcome to our little slice of heaven, also known as Green Grables! We have many many chickens, four dogs, two indoor cats, two outdoor cats, honeybees, and several outdoor fish. We are presently working hard on several poultry projects - feel free to check them out!
We have a (mostly) closed flock! This means (for those who do not dream in chicken), that we won't take in any more chickens (ok, realistically we may occasionally take day old incubated chicks or eggs, but only from trusted sources). Instead we will breed our own. Why you may ask? In a word, bio-security. Every time you take a new chicken onto your property, you risk illness and parasites. We have been partially closed, only accepting eggs and newly hatched brooder chicks, but now that we have a rooster, we can fully close. If we really must get new blood, usually in the form of roosters, we get them from trusted sources and quarantine for 30-60 days on the other side of the farm, an acre away from our other chickens.
How do our girls live? Like tiny feathered princesses. They have a large coop, a large run, access to the goat paddock during daylight, and two free range sessions a day. They get fermented food, dry food (with diatomaceous earth, vitamins, probiotics, and kelp added), vitamins in water twice a week, probiotics in water once a week, whatever they discover in the yard, plus a cabbage a day and various chicken friendly scraps.