10 March 2016

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It’s just about chickens this week.  I’m trying to get used to my new camera (a phone – why drag around the old camera if the phone actually takes photos?)   Here are a few chicks in a mobile rearing pen that are two weeks  old.

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And here are older chicks – two months old – in a different pen.

These remind me of Austin’s ongoing efforts at cyclone relief.  According to one Australian friend who has lived in Fiji for over 40 years, the pattern invariably is that three months after a big cyclone, the relief agencies are long gone and the cyclone victims are out of relief food and then they get REALLY hungry.  He’s happy now that most of his babies have not sold.  He wants to send out larger chicks that will survive better with less intensive care, and be laying within a few months.  The older chicks will be able to be totally free-range, finding all their own food.

Austin has some grants and donations for the chicken work.  One of the outputs is supposed to be a new chicken house that will meet qualified exporter standards.  I was wondering what was taking so long so today I went and took a look.

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It’s gonna be HUMONGOUS !

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If the workers get it finished instead of getting themselves killed.  Here is one gutsy worker on a tall ladder cutting off the top of a post with a chain saw.

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Wishing you all a happy week.

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2 thoughts on “10 March 2016

  1. It looks like the new chicken house will give you lots of room for several more chicks. The older chickens look they have a hard time since the storm. I’m sure everything will look different in a few months. As for your new camera; the pictures are good quality.

    • Thank you so much for the kind encouragement, Larry. The older chicks are just a mangy-looking breed that do exceptionally well in the tropical heat. I was looking at them this morning with all their missing feathers. So ugly but so healthy.

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