1 Chick, 2 Chick, 3 Chicken, 4……………………..up on the farm in country Victoria
My SIL has 17 chickens at the moment – 11 adults, 3 teenagers (or maybe they were Bantams ?) and 2 tiny baby chicks. They all have names and are easy to tell apart as they are all different colours, feather patterns and varieties.
They’re gorgeous, especially the lacewings, but it was almost impossible to get a photo as they are definitely ‘camera shy’ and move faster than you can blink an eyelid. The baby chicks were the only ones willing to pose for a photo (and even then, I had to be very quick and only got 3 photos of them).
I have a dozen farm fresh eggs in my fridge and I can’t wait to eat them. A farm fresh egg from a chook which has been allowed to roam free all day scratching about for worms and insects and them appropriate seed and vegetable scraps scattered about, is like manna from Heaven. I absolutely refuse to buy commercial eggs from a supermarket where the chickens have been raised indoors crammed together and force-fed – it’s cruel and inhumane.
I’m not a vegetarian or vegan – but I like to know poultry and animals have been raised as close to what Nature intended as possible. Exercise, fresh air, freedom to roam and plenty of space to develop natural behaviours. I prefer Organic fruit and vegetables, despite the expensive cost in Australia. I can taste the difference in some of the vegies, especially broccoli and carrots (but not necessarily in others). I am sensitive (or allergic) to food colourings, additives, preservatives and some chemicals, so try to only eat fresh food where possible. Unfortunately, I can rarely afford organic meat now I’m not working. If I had a car, I would visit the various farmers markets dotted around Melbourne, as their produce, straight from the farm, is at least fresh and not stored for months in cool stores (if not organic).
But my local fresh food market’s organic stall is my current choice, if a little expensive.
I would have liked to get a photo of every chicken up on the farm as I really do think the variety of colours and feathers is interesting (as a city dweller ) – I guess if you live in the country or on a farm, they’re common everyday sights and you don’t notice them.