by Meredith Chilson
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The newest additions to our poultry flock arrived safely a week ago. The dozen chicks have adjusted nicely to living within a cardboard corral and, as it is with all babies, I can’t believe how fast they are growing and changing! We’ve spent a big chunk of time watching the little birds from our perches on lawn chairs outside the cardboard ring. There’s always something going on, whether it’s a crowd around the water jug, a tug of war over a flake of shaving, or just a ring of sleeping chicks under the heat lamp.
I began to think and watch more carefully for other signs of innate behaviors: