Our Babies Grow Up

Remember these guys?
Well, with some TLC, a heat lamp, and many times their body weights in starter feed, our roost of baby bard rock chicks have grown their adult feathers and been introduced to grassy fields. Check out these lookers:

Even our handicapped, lovable runt Scooter (who has turned out to be a rooster!) has made the transition. Here he is last month:

And here's our injured chicken, Destiny's Child, hanging out last month:

 Here they are acclimating to their new living situation (Scooter in foreground):

The chickens' new home was made back in May, and perfected in the last few weeks with a sealant paint job, French-style doors, and an aluminum can roof. The coop is mobile, and the enclosure we have them in functions as a movable paddock to ensure 365 days of fresh foraging potential (and the chickens helping us to keep the tall grass at bay):

Many thanks to all our volunteers and interns for doing so much work for these birds, and to Penny and Steve for entrusting the babies to our care!


Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.