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The Maiden Voyage

May 7th, 2013

Yesterday, the chicks spent the afternoon outside running around in the green grass and soaking up a little sunshine.  They were happy as clams, scratching and digging, dust bathing, finding bugs, chasing each other around, and trying to learn how to fly. They’re all a little over a week old and it’s time for them to start spending as much time outside as possible.
Chicks on pasture 1
I believe animals should be outside honing their natural instincts. These chicks will need to learn to peck and scratch so they can forage for some of their own food, no freeloading animals here (except the indoor cats).  Of course the ducks had to come over and see what all the fuss was about, I wonder if they remember being inside this pen?  The lady duck was very interested in the little chickies.  Hopefully she’ll start laying eggs soon and hatch her own little ones.
Chicks on pasture 2
It’s been fun watching these little lovelies grow up, it’s so amazing how quickly their wing feathers start to come in (they’re already starting to fly a bit).  I feel like I know exactly what these little chickies are feeling, in spring I’m so excited to get outside and to enjoy the weather, no doubt they’ll be looking forward to their trip out each day.

Have you been able to spend time outside soaking up the sun and feeling grass under your feet?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.

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