Foraging patterns of six week old chicks
Four to seven weeks is
my favorite chick age. They're just barely starting to get into
trouble --- hopping up on the porch, scratching mulch --- but mostly
are simply growing like crazy and rustling up lots of their own grub.
Each morning, the flock
has to make a hard decision --- which delicious morsel to eat first!
Oilseed radishes and
asparagus berries are favorites right now.
After breakfast, it's
time for a short siesta. The raspberry
patch makes a safe
haven for napping.
Then they're back to
The straw I used for
this kill mulch clearly had more seeds in it than it should have.
"No problem," said my chicks. "We're on it!"
They forage until dusk,
then put themselves to bed.
All I have to do is
close the door.
Our chicken waterer keeps our flock healthy with lots of clean water.
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