Worms are to chickens like chocolate is to me

One of my favorite things I do for entertainment on our farm is watch the chickens when they are outside.  I LOVE to watch them eat the worms we dig for them.

We sit in the chicken pasture with our hands full of worms.  And lure them in by holding one worm out at a time.  And say, “Here, chicky-chicky-chicky!”

The bravest hen slowly walks up to the dangling worm,

and snatches it out of our hand and runs away.

If another hen is close by and sees this she will chase after that chicken and try to steal the worm away from her.  Or she will come running back to us looking for her own worm.

 

Every time we do this I imagine that if there was a giant standing over me and my sisters dangling a piece of chocolate; I would act the same way our hens do when we feed them worms.

Chicks!

This is where we pick up chicks!

This morning our 47 Barred Rock chicks arrived.

Henry helped move (throw) them into our brooder.

The chicks are safe and warm now.

Behind the green curtain is where there is a light and a heat source.

The old curtain (red) was ripped and worn out.  The last time I used it I used duck tape to make it work.  I made a new curtain for this batch of chicks.  Thank you Susie for the green material.

Still safe, for now!

 

This is what she will look like.

(From Murry McMurray) The Barred Rock is one of the all time popular favorites in this country. Developed in New England in the early 1800’s by crossing Dominiques and Black Javas, it has spread to every part of the U.S. and is an ideal American chicken. Prolific layers of brown eggs, the hens are not discouraged by cold weather. Their solid plumpness and yellow skin make a beautiful heavy roasting fowl. Our strain has the narrow, clean barring so desirable in appearance. Their bodies are long, broad, and deep with bred-in strength and vitality. These chickens are often called Plymouth Rocks, but this title correctly belongs to the entire breed, not just the Barred variety. Whatever you call them, you can’t beat them for steady, reliable chickens. Baby chicks are dark gray to black with some white patches on head and body.