happy chicks

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Last week we welcomed our first batch of baby chicks - 300 day old layers. They are happily settling into their bespoke brooding houses and beginning to scratch and explore their surrounds. Our three year old is of course enamoured with them, and learning how to hold them gently! Early morning and night Alex goes in to check their water, top up feed, close up windows and turn on/off heat lamps - although it's summertime the nights can be cool and in the beginning the risk of the chicks getting cold and trampling each other is high. They will slowly be hardened off the night lamps in the coming weeks. Now it's all hands on deck to get the mobile coop built so they can move into a truly free-range existence on the pasture...