Fall Chicken Crop: Week 1

 

 

I’m doing a fall batch of meat chickens. My first batch of 10 was pretty good, though i lost one to ?? as a day old chick, one my dog killed and another over ate. So…about a 70% success rate my first go round with Cornish Cross. Ohh, but they were deeelish. So I’m doing another batch hoping to make a meager amount of money on them.

 

Tractoring them in the grass worked well. I built a hover brooder that fit in the tractor and it worked out. Same concept, only twice as many birds!

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Day-Old Chicks

The day olds had just little fluffy feathers, healthy happy things that went into the tractor fine. I had a few jump here and there, in my lap, back in the box, ect. Good energy!

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   By day 4 they started developing little feathers on their wings. 20 killed the 2 cups of feed in a few hours.

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By a week old they’ve got some good feathering on their wings and tail feathers are coming in.

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You can see how big they are already getting compared to my foot! I keep their feed restricted because they can over eat and grow too damn fast.

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Still using last years tractor.

 

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I let the chicks out in the morning and evening for a little supervised exercise. So far so good!

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