The second batch of chicks if happily nesting in their brooder coops. These are Cornish Cross Chickens. Cornish Cross are the single most common bird raised for meat in the entire world! These birds grow quickly, have a good feed-conversion ratio (the efficiently turn chicken food into muscle), and have larger breasts than most breeds. Plus— look how cute they are!
It’s hard to believe we’re already one month into the season. Today was a busy day! I moved our 4 week old chickens out into the field for the first time AND I picked up our second round of chicks. Whew! The 4-week old chickens are old enough to be exposed to sunlight regularly and eat fresh forage. This allows them to live our their chicken-y nature in the closest approximation of their natural state while staying safe:
Day 1 and the chickens are thriving, despite snow on their arrival day!