The chickens are growing. Here is what they look like this week.
Four-week old broiler chick.
They love being moved to fresh grass each day.
This is a picture of them inside the pen.
The fresh grass, sunshine and fresh air keeps our chickens happy and healthy.
Sorry for the short post, but we have been extremely busy around the farm. I will be sharing some of our projects.
Hope everyone has a great week!
I am technically three days late on this post, so please forgive me. We have been very busy. We started back to school this week, built a new turkey roost ( I will have a post about this soon) and began work on a coop for our new batch of laying hens. Busy, busy, busy! But we are happy, happy, happy. Don’t you just love Si?
Anyway…back to my post.
Here is what one of our broiler chicks looks like now.
Three week old Cornish Cross chick.
They are starting to get more feathers and less fuzz.
In case you have forgotten what they looked like three weeks ago…
Day old Cornish Cross chick.
They are growing like weeds and eating like little pigs.
They have been weaned off of the heat lamps and are out on pasture. We move the pens every morning to give the chicks access to fresh grass. We did have to put three of the smallest chicks back into the brooder so that they would not be trampled to death. When you raise chickens, a brooder makes a great hospital.
We let these little guys out when we are outside so that we can keep an eye on them. Once they get a little bigger we will integrate them back into the flock.
Here are the others enjoying the grass.
I love seeing and hearing happy little chicks.
Our chicks are continuing to eat and grow. They have reached the age of two- weeks old and we haven’t had any losses. I am surprised but pleased.
We moved one of our moveable pens that we raise our pastured broilers in by the brooder. Since the weather is nice, and the chicks don’t need to be kept at ninety-five degrees anymore, we started moving them into the pen during the day. We place the pen in an area where the chicks can get grit, grass and sunshine. This also gets them acquainted with the bell waterers so they will know where to get water when they are moved onto pasture.
The chicks have already eaten 100 lb. of feed. Next week they should be out on pasture enjoying the grass and bugs.
For the past week we have been caring for 100 Cornish Cross broiler chicks. They will be in the brooder for a couple more weeks and then moved to pasture. It is amazing how fast they grow compared to laying hens. Once the broilers are moved to pasture they will be moved to fresh grass everyday. These chickens will be able to be outside doing what chickens like to do while getting fresh air and sunshine; not cramped in a dark, dirty CAFO. I think it’s crazy that for a chicken to be labeled free range by the USDA, there only needs to be a door for the chickens to have access to the outside. For the most part, the chickens never even go outside! This is the crazy! Even though broiler chickens are not meant to live a long life they should still be raised in a way that lets them express their “chickeness”. Chickens were created to eat grass, bugs, and worms. While we do supplement our pastured broilers with feed enriched with good stuff like kelp and probiotics (we do not give our chickens routine antibiotics or vaccinations) they will get a lot of their nutritional requirements from pasture that has not been treated with chemical fertilizer, pesticides or herbicides.