A dear friend bought me six little day-old chicks yesterday. They are from a place who hatch out chicks for battery farms etc. They are hybrids - so are ‘auto-sexed’ - only the hens are raised - the poor baby cockerels get thrown into a skip - still alive!!
l have them in a hutch indoors - with two of the old fashioned mop heads suspended from the roof - this gives them somewhere they can cuddle up and keep warm. They have eaten well - over night - and look very perky - so hopefully they will all survive. lt will be some weeks before they are old enough to manage outside in the garden. We have a very large house and covered run for them waiting. l have kept them ‘free-range’ before but lost so many to the fox - even with an electric mesh fence all round the garden. This time they will live in a run with wire roof and floor. But l will let them have run of the garden on days when l am down the garden with them.
They seem very happy - its all ‘chirpy chirpy cheep cheep’ - They don’t know how lucky they are - but for six little hens the future is bright!!