The Rainbow Chick Connection

The baby chicks are here!

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As part of making their new home, Spring House Manor Farm, a sustainable farming operation following the Polyface Farm model, the Bruscos have brought in 150 chicks that will begin laying eggs this spring. Tony started the process by researching various “chicken tractor” designs so the free-range birds can be rotated to fresh grass regularly. He plans to convert this old farm wagon into a rolling chicken coop!

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Next, the Bruscos researched various breeds of chickens suited for laying, and decided to go with a mix of breeds which will result in a mix of egg colors! The plan is that each dozen eggs will look like a rainbow–Tony’s signature (rainbow carrots, anyone?)

Tony setting up the warming light in the brooder--baby chicks need to be kept very warm during their first two weeks of life.

Tony setting up the warming light in the brooder–baby chicks need to be kept very warm during their first two weeks of life.

Though it looks like a sci-fi movie set, this brooder is the perfect environment for baby chicks to grow for a few weeks until they're big enough to visit the great outdoors.

Though it looks like a sci-fi movie set, this brooder is the perfect environment for baby chicks to grow for a few weeks until they’re big enough to visit the great outdoors.

Proud mama Abby brings the chicks to their new home! After a heartbreaking mail mix-up, these chicks were a welcome sight at Spring House Manor!

Proud mama Abby brings the chicks to their new home! After a heartbreaking mail mix-up, these chicks were a welcome sight at Spring House Manor!

Next, the Brusco kids teach each and every chick how to find their water and food.

Next, the Brusco kids teach each and every chick how to find their water and food.

Sophia could pass as a mama hen, right?

Sophia could pass as a mama hen, right?

Stay tuned as we watch the first flock of laying hens grow at Spring House Manor Farm, and eventually help us prep the land for growing and crop rotating through their free range adventures!

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