The peacock may have its place on the Arcadia logo, but a new bird now rules the roost at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden.
The Arboretum has acquired five 7-week-old chicks for its Garden for All Seasons. The garden, which the Arboretum revamped in May for last year's Grow! festival, is designed to educate the public about sustainable living practices.
The hens make a logical addition to the garden, says Arboretum Horticulturist Tom Moure.
Check out the attached video of the birds exploring their roost for the first time.
"We want to introduce people to backyard farming," Moure said. "Backyard chickens are becoming ever more popular...[Raising chickens] is not difficult and doesn't take as much work or space as people think."
And if you're concerned for the Arboretum chicks' welfare, rest assured.
These hens aren't for eating. They'll live their lives out in the luxurious coop they share in the Garden for All Seasons. Their eggs, however, will be doled out amongst a dedicated set of Arboretum volunteers.
The Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and is at 301 N. Baldwin Ave. in Arcadia. For more information, call 626-821-3222.