First, I’ll start with the standard-size hens. It was an easy decision to add two Black Australorp chicks to our order this year. We have been thrilled with Hedwig’s demeanor and egg production. She is friendly and agreeable, rarely arguing with her coop mates.
Watching these baby chicks develop into the hens that will provide our family with eggs and garden entertainment is a joy. They have been entertaining us since they arrived, and I don’t imagine that changing any time soon. Witnessing my children grow up along with them is an experience I will always cherish.
Each time my children remark in amazement at how quickly these chicks are growing up, I nod in agreement … knowing that I feel the same way about them. These chicks won’t be babies forever, just as the youngest generation living at 1840 Farm won’t be children forever.
It’s simply the way of nature. I’ll continue to enjoy the youth that brings our farm to life for as long as it lasts. I’ll look forward to proudly seeing the adolescents that will develop alongside each other. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that our youngest generation will be chicken keepers for a long time to come.