Friday, April 14, 2006

First Chicks of 2006


The first batch of chicks arrived on Wednesday evening. We got a call at about 6pm that they had come into the post office in Montrose, which is about 10 miles north of here. The postmaster said he'd leave them out on the dock and I ran up and got them. Just before chicks hatch they absorb the rest of the yolk, which makes it possible for them to go the first 3 days without any food or water. That makes it pretty convenient for them to get sent in the mail. Most of our chicks come from Quakertown, Pa and always arrive the day after they are sent. So far they have always arrived in great shape. These chicks go into a brooder for about 3 weeks before they are ready to go out on pasture in the field pens. Once they are out on pasture they get moved to fresh grass every day. They get about 70% of their nutrients from the grain ration we have made up for them. The other 30% comes from the grass and insects on the pasture. They are ready to process at about 8 weeks and dress out at about 5 pounds each.

3 Comments:

Anonymous anna said...

hi peter, what kind of chickens do you recommend for me to keep for eggs? thanks

6/17/2006 03:50:00 PM  
Blogger farmerwannabe said...

hi peter, what kind of chickens do you recommend for me to keep for eggs? thanks

6/17/2006 03:50:00 PM  
Blogger Peter comly said...

Our laying hens are a Rhode Island Red hybrid, which means they are cross bred with another breed (white leghorn I believe). I don't think I would recommend these. I have had problems with egg eating and canabalism which I think is at least partly a genetic problem. Straight RIR I think would be better, or barred rocks, black ostrolorps, auracana (green eggs), buff orpingtons.

6/19/2006 09:09:00 AM  

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