We welcomed a flock of chickens to the farm this morning. 6 hens arrived from another farm in Bradford, VT to start a lying flock at Sweet Bear Farm.
We are excited to use the animal shelter attached to the barn for second type of animal. The pigs were sheltered there all winter, including during farrowing, but it has been empty since they were moved to the more distant pastures a couple months ago. The chickens were very happy to scratch around and eat left over pig grain.
Once they had established their new home, we opened the pop hole and let them free range.
The ladies were even nice enough to give us some eggs, albeit not precisely in the nest boxes I had prepared for them! They did find a nice soft spot…