Ken has been perfecting his broody hen management this season. The result has been several hatches of chicks. At first he put them together, but it seemed the older ones were picking on the younger ones. So now he has several small outside enclosures with chicken wire and fiberglass fence posts.
There are the tiny chicks
There are the chicks that a renegade hen hatched out in the barn
And there are the “tweens” that we will soon separate by gender so the cockerels – young males can form a gang and leave the young pullets alone.
They are safe as Oscar guards and herds each enclosure and I found him checking on the renegade and her brood one night as well!