Sunday, June 2, 2013

"Chirp, Chirp"

Posted by Allyson

The chicken coop has been bustling lately with a new flock of chickens.  Last week, our farmers returned the Barred Rock hens that had been in the coop to the local farm family from where they came and transferred our new flock of chickens outside to the coop.  The chickens were being kept inside this spring until the weather got warmer and they got a bit bigger.  The new chickens are Partridge Rocks, an historic breed that was developed in New England in the early 1900s. They are characterized as being intelligent, cold-hardy, dual-purpose birds.  All of the chickens are female with the exception of one rooster and should begin laying this fall when they are 5-6 months old.  Below are a couple photos of when the chicks first arrived at the farm.  It's amazing how quickly they grow!