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Our four new chicks, Annie, Omelette, Wiggly, and Joy, arrived in February 2005 when they were one day old. With the help of a design from Organic Gardening magazine, we built a simple coop in our backyard where they can range free during the day and sleep in the coop at night. They lay their eggs in the nest boxes built inside the coop. They eat quite a few different foods, including anything that is green and grows (so we no longer have much vegetation in the backyard) and practically any kind of insect or carbohydrates left over from our meals (i.e. rice, bread, crackers, etc). Rarely does a meal go by when Paul doesn't muse out loud "I wonder if the chickens would like this."




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