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Why Did The Chicken Cross The Hopyard?

We call them Free Range Chicks for a reason, and lately they’re ranging farther and farther away from their base of operations near the Rogue Farms Hop ‘N’ Bed.


Just the other day, we started seeing them on the lawn between the Hopyard and the Chatoe Rogue. For a Chick, this is a pretty good hike. So what’s going on?

The day long hunt for bugs and worms starts near the Hop ‘N’ Bed.
The day long hunt for bugs and worms starts near the Hop ‘N’ Bed.

We came up with a couple of theories:

  1. The spring like weather makes the chicks more comfortable covering bigger areas to forage.
  2. The lawn is attracting more worms and bugs, and therefore more Chicks.

Good theories. But neither are true.

What we discovered is that with more people visiting the Hopyard – and more people eating at the Hopyard – there are more food scraps on the lawn for the Chicks to eat. And because the pickings are so easy, they don’t mind wandering a more than usual.

Mystery solved.

Then it crosses over the driveway.
Then it crosses over the driveway.
And onto the lawn behind the Chatoe Rogue. The turkeys have learned from watching the Chicks.
And onto the lawn behind the Chatoe Rogue. The turkeys have learned from watching the Chicks.