No doubt, this is chick season. This past week, and for the next few weeks, we will be consumed with chicks. Today we picked up our first broiler chicks. These chicks will end up as meat birds. they grow fast and taste good. (Sorry to all the vegetarians out there). Doing meat birds was a big thing for us. we have heard horror stories about the White Rock crosses, the standard meat bird, that made us shudder slightly. Everything from they drop dead (which they do) to they appear almost featherless when they are older. These birds grow FAST. Too fast for their poor little organs to handle. They don’t make adulthood. Because of all this we decided to go for the slightly slower growing birds that seemed just a bit more normal and less franken bird like.
They other chick thing we have been monitoring is that we have a number of our own eggs under broody chickens and in the incubator. they started hatching out yesterday and we will be monitoring the process for the next few days. We currently have three broody hens with perhaps 15 or so eggs. the rest are in the incubator due to start hatching tomorrow. With any luck we should have almost 50 new chicks to grow out for laying. So far we have five new chicks and counting!
They are sooo cute!