Within minutes of emerging from their shipping box, they were eating and drinking. I know that instinct is strong. It has to be to ensure the survival of a species. It still shocked me that these day-old chicks would eat food from a stainless steel feeder and drink water from a plastic container. I’m relatively certain that instinct didn’t teach them that. Survival did. If you want to live, you have to eat and drink. I knew that before we became chicken farmers, but burying the day-old chick that we lost during that first week reminded me that sometimes life on the farm is just that simple.
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