Last year we had great success growing some meat birds for the freezer, so as everything else winds down I thought it would be a great thing to do again.
This time I got 26 day old chicks delivered out to me on Wednesday of last week. It was far more cost effective than driving to get them and the company delivers lots of poultry so really knows what it's doing.
I've gone for a few more this year as there is a price break at 25 making the chicks cheaper (no pun intended) and it would be nice to stock the freezer up again for winter and spring.
The children were so excited to see the new chicks they pretty much ran the mile home! They then spent an hour and a half stood at the pen watching them and picking them up whilst I worked in my workshop.
|Day old chicks|
|Here they are at a week old|
So now the tricky bit of keeping these hungry birds fed for the next 8-12 weeks. Hopefully have them off heat by the middle of week 4 and then I can move them out to the pasture pens I have already built. I might have to make the brooder a bit bigger to give them more space and more space away from the heat mat by about week 2 as well.
Who else does meat birds?
Do you find it as cost effective as we do?