This is my first year of a full focus on Garden Chicks. The sign on the ute will soon be

the garden chicks project

I have had all too many tradies suggest I don’t look like a Garden Chick. I think the giveaway is the balding hairline and the beard!

While we have been working part-time on Garden Chicks ever since Janine suggested it in 2015, this is the first full year.
Our three hand reared chickens (with help from a Brinsea hover hen) are now independent young ladies. Our 2 Barnevelder chickens are laying, the Crested Cream Legbar looks a couple of weeks behind and is thinking about it.
My country CCL flock (with a rooster) has their first eggs in the hatchery.

The book is in preproduction.
And Christmas is coming.

A continuing work in progress is Marek’s vaccine. We need to rapidly divide the 2000 doses into 8 straws.

The best thing about chickens (excepting themselves) is that I meet a lot of great people.
Using a distributed model means that I did not have to buy a farm in the country, a factory, storage sheds, a hatchery, and a lab. Instead different people help in these components of my business. It is a fashionable-again variation of the medieval cottage industry, but linked by digital access.

Everywhere I find joy in the people I meet. When I recently I decided to blend my own tonic for my family’s chicken use, people were so helpful. I call it Thyme and Tide it has a filler and the usual herbal suspects, garlic, cinnamon, thyme, peppermint, etc.
I weighed it out, checked recommended dosage and adapted production to mix by volume, and arrived at one teaspoon a day per bird, twice a month. As the girls adore warm porridge and gobble it up, that is my delivery medium. I quite liked the taste.
Cressie was happy to pose for the second serve and photo.

At Christmas I love to pause and think about the baby Jesus, and sing the old carols. These things truly enrich our souls, along with raising small flocks.
Blessings John