Black Australorp

Caitlin Fitch

Black Australorp

125 Helpful Chicks at Fairview Farms

They’re dual-purpose: They provide wonderful eggs — who doesn’t like fresh eggs? — and make the farm better,” explained Kjessie Essue, director of farm operations at Fairview Gardens, about their newest crop: 125 chicks of six different breeds, which will provide pest control and fertilizer with their manure. Although the farm’s apprentices, who receive hands-on agricultural experience and education while working at Fairview, are managing the project and building the henhouses, one particularly maternal black Australorp is teaching these 2½-week-old chicks how to be proper hens. “In the evenings after dinner, we all sit around and watch chicken TV,” said Essue. “They’re just so fun!”

By Caitlin Fitch

Kjessie Essue

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