We got baby chickens around noon yesterday;
69,800 peeping babies spread out among four houses.
For the first two or three days the chicks stay close to the feed trays and water lines.
After all these years of raising chickens, I'm still amazed at how quickly the babies learn to drink from the nipples. One chick sees a drop of water and his curiosity leads him to it, then others have to see what it's all about. Oh my! to think that when we first started in 1972 we used jugs to water the babies; the jugs had to be kept clean and filled often.
So today I start over again in my role as "Mother Hen".
Now the day is over, night is drawing nigh.
Shadows of the evening steal across the sky.
When the morning wakens, then may I arise,
Pure and fresh and sinless in Thy holy eyes.