The trouble with chickens is that they quickly produce more chickens. Whilst I do think the sight of a yellow, day old chick is a thing of joy one can still have too much of a good thing.
The chicks in the video are around 10 days old. The problem is that while they are cute now I’m sure quite a few of them will grow up to be roosters. Out of the the last 7 chicks produced I got 2 hens and 5 roosters, do the math – too many roosters.
My chickens are free range. This means they roam around two acres, sleep in a tree and scratch for worms and bugs. They do get a daily feed of seeds but the rest is up to them.
The mother hens have done a great job in keeping all their chicks alive through the middle of winter and away from feral cats, quolls and crows.
My only hope is that the ratio of hens to rooters will be more favorable this time.
All Quiet On The Rooster Front