Exciting Changes!!

It’s been a while since the last post. But so many things have been happening here at Smallfolk Farm!

We’ve had an absolute endless amount of rain. The chickens are fine; they have coverings for themselves, their food, and water. But it’s made things difficult for the rest of the plants at Winterfell Acres. Winterfell Acres being the land we rent for hosting the chickens.

But no longer!

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As of today, Smallfolk Farm has a PERMANENT address! We couldn’t be more excited to be moving to our new Mount Horeb home. It’s a small farm, but we’re small folk. The dog, the wife, and I will have 8 acres, a farmhouse, and a nice old barn. This property is also a blueberry farm!

That’s right, soon Smallfolk Farm will be not only chickens, but also blueberries!

Exciting times for all of us. We cannot wait to share our bounty with you.

Not Quite Feathered, But It’s Okay

The birds are out in the orchard and quite content. Cornish across aren’t great foragers traditionally, but by limiting their food early when they go out to pasture, they learn to love grass, clover, and bugs more than their feed.

You almost might notice that these birds don’t have great feather coverage. Part of this is due to their youth, but it is also part of the breed. Don’t worry about their coverage. These birds were domesticated to survive with humanity highly involved. They will be warm, safe, and happy despite bald spots.

New Chicks!

The second batch of chicks if happily nesting in their brooder coops. These are Cornish Cross Chickens. Cornish Cross are the single most common bird raised for meat in the entire world! These birds grow quickly, have a good feed-conversion ratio (the efficiently turn chicken food into muscle), and have larger breasts than most breeds. Plus— look how cute they are!

Finally Out in the Field!

It’s hard to believe we’re already one month into the season. Today was a busy day! I moved our 4 week old chickens out into the field for the first time AND I picked up our second round of chicks. Whew! The 4-week old chickens are old enough to be exposed to sunlight regularly and eat fresh forage. This allows them to live our their chicken-y nature in the closest approximation of their natural state while staying safe:

Day 16: Startin' to grow adult feathers!

It’s cold here in Madison, Wisconsin, but these birds won’t let the cold get to them. Happy and healthy, our Cornish Cross chicks are starting to enter their “awkward dinosaur” phase. As their chick feathers molt, their adult feathers come in downy and warm! Thankfully, their brooder coops are prepared for this weird Wisconsin weather. They are on track for release to pasture in 1.5 weeks!