NH farm has found 'smart' way to move hundreds of free-range chickens
FREMONT — A New Hampshire farm has discovered a "smart" way to move their chickens around the farm.
Brookvale Pines Farm, run by Scott and Brenda Barthelemy, is a nearly 300-acre farm in Fremont that has been in the Barthelemy family since the early 1900s.
Many animals call the farm home, but none have it as good as the chickens. Nearly 300 chickens have made an old repurposed school bus their home.
The Barthelemy's got the bus from Scott Barthelemy's truck repair business and decided it would make a great replacement for their old way of moving the chickens, a small barn on wheels pulled by an ATV.
It took about two weeks for them to convert the bus from one that takes students to and from school to the summer home for hundreds of chickens.
The bus full of chickens travels around the farm stopping for a day or two before moving to the next location. The chickens and their bus follow just behind the cows, helping spread out manure and eating up the bugs and parasites.
Brenda Barthelemy said that the bus is for more than just transportation, it also helps protect the chickens from predators and weather.
The Barthelemy's are surprised, and a little confused by the attention that they have gotten from their bus full of chickens but are enjoying the attention that is has brought to Brookvale Pines Farm.