The pullets have been moved out to the chicken tractor, which gets moved around our yard everyday to get fresh grass. These chickens will be our new layers. Our old layers, 5 of them left now, could use some support in the laying department. A fox took all of last year’s pullets, so we are making sure these little girls don’t wander free until they are absolutely full grown. Last year the fox stole the pullets when Missy was tied up. The full grown hens ran to Missy’s protection, but the little ones didn’t.
So now these new chicks (now pullets) have outgrown their brooder in the barn, they get to hang out in the chicken tractor where our meat birds usually fatten up. Our meat chicks haven’t arrived yet this year.
The avian flu is becoming a big issue in our area. The large turkey factories near us have it, which is very deadly to their birds. USDA inspectors came by our place a few days ago to test our flock. They were going from farm to farm, checking for backyard poultry. We were told we will only hear from them again if they get a positive test, and we haven’t heard. I’m not worried. I am eager for these girls to start laying. I’m sick of buying eggs. 5 old hens don’t provide nearly enough for our family.