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Thursday, March 18, 2010

And they're off...

We've been working hard these past couple weeks to get our layers out to pasture in their modified coops, which are much more space efficient and farmer friendly than the original design. Thwarted only by a 24 hour stomach bug (we're still learning to accept and expect such monkey wrenches in our plans), we finally got them out this morning. It's hard to see it in the picture, but all the ladies are smiling, enjoying the fresh delicate spring growth in our orchard. As farmers, vistas like these--heritage birds grazing on verdant pastures--make our hearts swell with pride and our stomachs grumble for those marigold yolks.

Also, here's a look-see at our 4 week old broiler guys. They look a bit caged in here, but our pens are more for keeping predators out than keeping the birds in. Because they grow so fast, and prefer to sit rather than roam, they're easy prey. Accordingly, we've built moveable fortresses that give them access to pasture without allowing the hawks a bite of their tasty ba-donk-a-donks.


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