The baby chicks seem to be getting bigger every day. They're certainly not babies any more!
Of the original 21 we hatched out, 17 have made it to this stage, and all are looking healthy and feathering up well. Of the four that didn't make it, three had deformities and one had an accident - we don't know what happened, but it seemed to have broken bones and I had to kill it as it was in pain.
But now the remaining 17 are getting BIG.
So now we're almost ready to begin building our chicken tractors for them - portable chicken coops that will fit over veggie beds and that can be moved not only from bed to bed but also around the property wherever anything needs cleaning up.
The prototype tractor is being built the Sunday after Easter here on the farm, and we'll be using that one to iron out any design flaws.
Then we'll be building a second tractor the following weekend, and using that to photograph the steps in building, and use it to put together a series of full instructions for the design, which we'll publish here at the farm site (free of charge!), as well as on the Dunedin Locavores Facebook group.
So if you're looking for a chicken tractor design, stick around and check ours out in a few weeks - it might just suit you.
I love building things, and it will be fun building our own tractors - hopefully they'll work well and be nice and robust. But in the meanwhile, the chicks just keep on growing! We can pretty much tell which are the males and which are the females now.
It's a few weeks yet before the girls start laying and the boys are ready for slaughter. They've got a lot of growing to do yet!
Have a lovely day!