Today I continue my quest in creating and posting one block a day of the fabulous That Town And Country Quilt by the lovely Susan-Claire Mayfield. This is day three hundred and six of that project.

This quilt block shows a short box on a field of grass with white hens inside. The bottom half of the block is a green salmon-patterned fabric, while the top half is a light blue salmon-patterned baground. In the middle of the green fabric are brown pieces of fabric with brown stitching that show a squat structure. Half of the structure is covered, the other half is lined with chicken wire. Inside the chicken wire are white chickens, each it's own piece of fabric.
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This squatty little structure is a pasture pen.

Pasture pens are open-air structures that have a roof covering 3/4 of the top surface. Half of the side surface is also solid. The remaining surfaces are covered with chicken wire.

There is ample space for everyone to move about, be in shelter or not as they choose. The bottom is open. Fresh water is dispensed from above.

Grains are offered but the big excitement is fresh grass every day! That’s right, every day these boxes are moved to a fresh patch of grass.

Who lives in the pasture pens you may wonder. Meat chickens live there.

Chicks come into the farm as day-old chicks. They go into the brooders where they have controlled everything and as they grow they graduate to less controlled temperature environments.

When they have sufficiently matured they spend their remaining weeks in the pasture pens.

They are happy with this arrangement.