2018 Manning Senior Farm Trip
Spring Brook Farm has two kinds of chickens. The meat hens are raised for meat and you have to be careful about how you pick them up because they grow very fast in their first months of life and their legs aren't strong enough to hold them if they are dropped from a high height. We visited them to give them lots of love. Trying to pick them up was a little scary, but they weren't very nervous.
The other kind of chickens are ones who lay eggs for the farm every day. There are many different types of chickens and only a few roosters. To make sure that the eggs aren't fertilized, farmers collect the eggs laid every day. Collecting the eggs was exciting and different for every chicken. Some eggs were alone waiting to be picked up in the coop, and some were under chickens! We learned how to use our hats to help the chickens feel calm while we collected the eggs.