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Poop Machines

I thought we ordered cute, little chicks. Whoa boy, either I was wrong or the hatchery messed up our order. We have one-week old poop machines! I dutifully replace the brooder's paper towel liner twice a day. Within minutes, it looks like a Jackson Pollock piece.... They're cute, little poopers, I guess.

One-week old Buff Orpington chick

We'll build the tractor this weekend and move the chicks to it soon. A chicken tractor is like a brooder, but the bottom is open. You place it around the yard; the chicks scratch, peck, and poop all they want. Instead of messy paper towels or litter to change, you end up with tilled, fertilized soil.

One-week old Barred Rock and Black Australorp chicks