Saturday, April 9, 2011
Free Range Chickens streaming in an unbroken line 100 yards long.
The birds flocked to the corner of the range because they were curious.
Notice the large dog protecting them from predators.
This morning I and the boys went back to the Amish farm we frequent to pick up a second rain barrel. I was struck by the scene above. It's a beautiful flock of heritage chickens grazing on an open range. There must have been 300 birds or more. It struck a cord of sadness in me, because this is a very rare scene. The first of my life. I think we've all seen industrial size chicken houses with no windows and their giant fans, but when was the last time you saw hundreds of chickens living outside and truly free to roam? It was a wonderful and beautiful thing that I hope more and more farmers will gravitate toward!