I visited the homestead in upstate NY for a week (and got to meet the lovely bazu in the process!), and two exciting things came of it:
1.) The chicks who were all little and skittish and fit in the palm of my hand the last time I visited my family (april) are now pullets and no longer fit comfortably in the stocktank that has previously been their home. Sooo we introduced them to the big green world! And introduced them to my family's old, street-smart chickens. They don't really get along yet, though.
Chickens in the stocktank. You are about to be free, little chickens!
Turns out they did not like being free. They clung together and were not keen on the idea of leaving our driveway, as grass is scary. But after we moved their feed out onto the grass, they acclimated pretty quickly.
The old chickens also clung together. They were a little weirded out by the new chickens and clucked offendedly.
2.) My mother sent me back to boston with 7 - I kid you not - 7 quarts of unsweetened mimiccreme (she offered me 9 - ! - of the sweetened but I declined) that just went past date at her store. So expect many ideas of what to do with vegan cream.
This is how I like it best. So far.