Mulloon Creek Natural Farms, following nature

30 July 2013

Flock 35 Arrive

Written by Nicole Sadlier, Posted in Following Nature

Flock 35 Arrive

Do chickens fly? Yes, in aeroplanes!

I had never given much thought to how a new laying flock starts at the farm before arriving at Mulloon Creek.  I knew Queen Bees travelled the country by mail.  Well, day old chicks take to the skies by plane before they've even learned to flap their wings.

We greeted Flock 35 at Canberra airport before loading them onto the truck for the drive to the farm. 2,600 chicks make quite a racket - much cheeping and scratching of little feet on cardboard.

The farms current flocks are all Bond Browns, however, Graham decided to mix it up a bit this time and we have 50% Bond Browns and 50% Bond Blacks.  Blacks have been raised on the farm previously, and we thought it was time to give them another go and see how they compare in the open range environment. They're also known for laying a smaller egg, something we've been in short supply of once the Browns really hit their straps on the laying front.

It's an exciting day introducing a new flock to the farm, and carefully unloading all those warm, little wriggling bodies by hand is a sheer delight.  As you release them onto the floor they either sit quietly taking in their new environment, or shoot off like bullets running to food and water.  Just like our hens in the paddocks they all have different personalities, some hang with the crowd while others venture to the furthest reaches of their environment and love a good explore.

We've nicknamed Flock 35 "Salt & Pepper" - as there's a good sprinkling of colour through the flock.

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Comments (2)

  • Dallis Tanner

    Dallis Tanner

    20 March 2014 at 18:06 |
    Hi there, I have to ask - why don't you hatch the chicks from eggs on the farm?
    My great aunt sent me some fertilised eggs and they all hatched. Wouldn't that be easier or do I have it wrong?
    Cheers, Dallis
    • Graham Cowling

      Graham Cowling

      21 March 2014 at 15:13 |
      Hatching our own eggs would be a big process for the number of birds we require - it's like a whole business in itself. We would need a hatchery built, then we would need parent stock. We would need grandparent stock too and so on and so on. We don't have any roosters on the farm, so our eggs are not fertile. If we did have roosters the offspring would not perform as well as the parents. These birds are not quite the same as backyard stock.

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