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5 Arrows Farm

Moravian Falls, NC At 5 Arrows Farm we like to call our chickens "coodles". So I guess you could say we have "oodles of coodles".

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Thank you for all of the “get well” wishes!! I spent most of today sleeping. Which is good, but all I want to do is go to the barn 😫 I’m hoping I’ll feel up to it tomorrow. I’m so thankful to have all of these animals to take care of. It can be hard sometimes, but I really enjoy it and hate missing out even for a few days 🐄🐓🦃🐖

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I’m sorry I haven’t been able to post for the last couple of days!! This weekend I really hurt my back while trying to move the chicken tractor. On top of that, I’m developing cold symptoms. So I haven’t been able to go to the barn in a few days. I miss the animals terribly. I’ve been sleeping a lot and trying to rest my back, so hopefully I’ll be back at it shortly.

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I generally try to only share the pictures where my birds look beautiful. Because no one wants to see a scary chicken. But occasionally I’ll capture things like this beauty. I just couldn’t resist. I don’t know how Freckles justifies making such a horrendous face while drinking water. The rooster next to her is drinking as well, but he looks a lot cuter. What are you gonna do? 🤷🏼‍♀️ Swipe for some more pictures 👍🏼

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Tiny Tim the pardoned meat bird 😍 This boy is still the sweetest thing and will climb in your lap if you let him. I thought he would grow out of that, but he hasn’t. Which I’m so thankful for!! Tim gives me major old man vibes in the picture. He looks so serious and grumpy 😂 Love this boy so much and I’m so glad we added him as a permanent member of our flock!

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Fall is here 🍂 Which is good and bad. Winter is coming and on the farm, winter is a whole different experience. Waters freeze, animals need more food, chickens get frost bite, everyone despises the snow, chickens stop laying eggs. It also gets dark at 6, so that takes some getting used to. But the trees are beautiful, so that’s a plus 😂 And Christmas (my favorite holiday ever) is coming. So there are some pros!! 🎅🏼

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Majestic Cordelia 😍 Cordelia is one of our newest additions. She, along with 5 other hens, joined the flock a few weeks ago. It took some time, but they’ve finally settled into the pecking order of the flock. Cordelia is one of my favorites because she’s super friendly but in an aggressive way 😂 Every time I try to move her to bed, she pecks me. The other day she jumped on a hay bale next to me and was inspecting my face. Thankfully my eye was closed, but she pecked my eyelid. She’s crazy, but I love her anyway 💕

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Judith is such a sweet chicken, but she’s got such a mean face 😂 Has anyone else noticed their chickens becoming really mean this time of year? I don’t know if it’s because they’re all molting, or what’s going on. But every time they go to roost at night or when they’re eating, they’re so mean to each other. Just pecking each other constantly. Which is new. We’ve added more roosts in the chicken coop, so they can spread out, but I hope everyone calms down. It’s not fun to watch 😳

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It seems like just yesterday that our Turkens were little chicks running around with their adoptive mama. They grow up so fast!! I’m expecting them to start laying within a few weeks. I got 3 hens and only 1 rooster out of the group, so that’s pretty good! You either love Turkens or hate them. I think they’re so cute!!

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Tilda always up close and personal 😍 This silly turkey is known to pull your earrings out of your ears and swallow them. She’s crazy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Happy Halloween!! 👻

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Teaching her babies how to roost 💕 Broody hens with chicks is one of my favorite things on the farm. I love getting to experience the chicks hatching and watching the hen take care of them. She clucks constantly, telling the chicks if she finds food, or wants them to follow her. She’ll also sit on the ground and let all of her babies get underneath her and snuggle in her feathers to keep warm. It’s truly an amazing thing to watch 🐣

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I took this picture back when our chickens actually laid eggs 🙄 We have about 30 hens are most of them are severely molting. Molting is a natural process that all chickens go through around every fall. They loose all of their feathers and replace them with fresh, new feathers. Because they’re focusing on growing their new feathers, they generally aren’t able to also lay eggs. So we get about 3 eggs a day this time of year 🤷🏼‍♀️

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I love watching chickens take care of each other. Sometimes they can be really mean, but most of the time, they watch out for each other. They clean each other. They snuggle close to each other to keep warm. The roosters find food for the hens and call them to it. The roosters will also find places for the hens to lay their eggs. If there is something dangerous nearby, they will alert the others. They take good care of each other ❤️

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Everyone around here is upset because it’s cold and raining 👀 Some chickens don’t mind the rain at all and will go out to forage whether it’s raining or not. Other chickens won’t tolerate the cold rain for a second and stay inside the barn all day. Snow is a totally different story. No one goes out in the snow 😂

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Sweet Dixie 💕 Last night we got 7 new additions. Our friends had to rehome their birds, so obviously I was happy to take them. So we got 6 hens and 1 turkey. I’ve fallen in love with them already. Ever since we started “collecting” chickens a few years ago, we always wanted a leghorn with a really floppy comb. Dixie made that dream come true for us 😊

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Treats don’t last long around here!! Everyone acts like they’re starving even though they just ate. When we had the wedding up at our barn a few weeks ago, I had multiple people ask me if the chickens would bite. As if they had teeth. I offered them some food to feed the birds, and they weren’t interested 😂 I remember the first time I was ever around chickens, the hens were pecking my shoe laces. I was terrified that they would peck my ankles for no reason. Always learning!

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I have some friends who are having to sell their ducks and geese. So I’m helping them find a good home. If you’re interested in buying some, you can comment below or DM me. They have a Pilgrim geese pair, a buff geese pair, a welsh harlequin pair, a mallard pair and one brown mixed female (not sure on breed). Let me know if you’re interested!! Located in Moravian Falls, NC

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