I love keeping all my animals as naturally as possible They all speak the same language and I, as the outsider , can partially enter into their world I find chickens have a very elaborate and caring social structure My 8 roosters and 19 hens all free range peacefully together Any chicks are just part of the group They seem so happy flying out of the coup in the morning, laying in the sun, eating fresh beautyberries Even hearing a rooster alarm sends the hens and babies scurrying but seeing the roosters standing bravely makes me love the guys even more They are so handsome and proud of their flockI hatch because they beat me into submission...
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I like to keep my flock as naturally as I can. I much prefer to let the broodies hatch and have many mixed breed hens in the flock now. The last two times I introduced new breeds into the flock by buying hatching eggs.
It's a nice way to introduce new genetics into my very mixed flock.
I have to do nothing more than manage the broody while she is incubating and she does the rest of the work for me. I don't have to integrate chicks. They are accepted into the flock.
I do not keep my flock for breeding purposes (obviously). I keep them for stress relief, entertainment and the fresh eggs.
I know it's a lot of work to be a good mother so I appreciate a good hen I have raised chicks myself but never again When I hear the little orphans crying it breaks my heart Seeing the little heads peeping out from their mother's feathers is such a delight
Their happiness is what makes me happy