That didn’t take long…
Thats right. We jumped right into the wonderful world of poultry. We got 15 chicks that were a week old! We chose ten Cornish Crosses and five Red Rangers. Both in which are meat chickens that grow at a faster rate. We are trying both breeds at once to see if there is a noticeable difference and if we develop a preference. The Cornish Cross is suppose to be a faster growing, wider breasted bird while the Red Ranger is a slightly slower and more of a scavenger for its food.
In typical Webb fashion- I picked up the chicks and brought them home before I had designated a place to put them.
I found an old plastic tote, put pine chips in the bottom, and added a waterer and a feeder.
*sigh* The pressure was off and they had somewhere to be. A temporary home in a tote on the kitchen counter. Works for me!
The next step was to make them something a little larger. I moved to the shop behind the garage and found some old boards and extra pieces of drywall from the house renovation. I screwed them together, put cardboard down then put fresh pine chips in and added a heat lamp. We then showed our little chicks to their new home.
Or so we thought.
Fast forward four days:
Samantha and I decided to check out a farm store we had not yet been to. We walked in with no intention of buying animals, and then I heard it… that beautiful sound… the chirping of little chicks. I immediately rushed to the back of the store letting my ears lead the way, leaving my wife in the dust. The source of the sound lead me to several bins of chicks. After choosing several breeds, we left with 25 layers that were about a week old (and two rabbits but you can ask my wife about that one).
Now where do I put all these chickens?? They couldn’t fit in my tote and the meat chicks were in the new brooder. I ended up putting an addition on our brooder. I found more drywall pieces and added a smaller box on the side. We moved the meat chicks into the addition and put the new layers in the larger one.
Our 39 chickens will out grow their brooder soon. The meat birds are getting big quick and are almost ready to get out and see some grass.
My first chicken tractor is in the works and I look forward to sharing this project with you.
Until next time!