September 12th was a special day on the farm: we welcomed nine new chickens into our flock!
The pullets (official name for young hens) were chosen by the Fourth Grade as part of their gardening curriculum. They picked Black Australorps, Easter Eggers (colorful eggs!), and Black Cross Links.
That brings us up to ten different breeds in the coop!
Most hens start laying at around six months, so we should start to see eggs soon. Keep an eye out for them at the farm stand!
The new girls were shy at first, but quickly got used to their new digs.
We put up a barrier so that the older ladies could get used to their new coop-mates. It was only 75% successful thanks to some hens who like to jump.
They new ladies must really have taken to their little enclosure because that's where they still like to roost at night! Silly chickens.
Speaking of sleep, the little Black Australorps really like to dig holes, either for taking a dirt bath or a nap with friends. See if you can see them in one of their holes the next time you come by.
In the end all went very well and everyone gets along swimmingly. The pullets were adopted into the flock warmly, though sometimes the older hens remind them of the pecking order (a very real thing in the coop!).
And now they spend every day together cheerfully, pecking their food, enjoying their “eglu,” and waiting for the ECC kids to come by and feed them weeds.
It’s a pretty happy life on the farm.