On July 3rd, just before our BBQ, we brought out the 25 chickens, 25 guinea hens, and 4 ducks that had been in a nursery in our basement. It was exciting to see the birds experience sunlight, long grass and open space for the first time. The primary reason why we raise them in a sheltered environment is to protect them from predators as they mature. At this point they are old enough to go out into the world and begin exploring. A special thanks to Julia Mizutani, the intern who practically raised these little chicks in their infancy. She put long hours into cleaning their cages and holding the birds to acclimate them to people. All that hard work really paid off, as you'll see in the pictures below!
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