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May 16, 2014

The chicks are a just past the first week and are growing, but they are still pretty tiny and kind of cute, for the moment.

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The recent warm weather has been great, no lights except at night which is great for the electric bill.

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Within five days the chicks had graduated to the hanging waterer which cuts down on labor for me since it is plumbed to an outside bucket that is easy to fill with the hose.  And I believe this week the pullets will be tall enough to move to the bigger feeders that the Cornish are requiring.

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Other than that it’s been chick business as usual, lawn clippings and horse manure to scratch in and generally just running around being chickens.  Now we just wait for feathers to grow so we can move them out to pasture.  Chickhood is very short.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. May 16, 2014 10:04 am

    Chickhood is very short. They quickly grow up and get in all sorts of trouble.

    No hay chaff for the brooder? Because of the seeds or because you have a better use for it?

    • May 16, 2014 10:18 am

      Since I started using that bedding for garden compost, no more hay…just shavings/horse poop or straw if needed. Although I don’t like straw with broilers, caps too fast. I fed chaff when we had tons of pullets, but that bedding got put into the pasture compost so it didn’t matter what I “seeded” it with. I just use the chaff for bare spots…

      • Barb in CA permalink
        May 16, 2014 1:53 pm

        So sorry to butt into your conversation. What does “caps too fast” mean?

        • May 16, 2014 2:23 pm

          Crusts over with crap…the little ones are too small to scratch much like the big hens. A note to other readers, if your sawdust or shavings bedding caps, you have too many chicks in too small of space or you need to add more bedding. In the big houses they just till it to break up the crust 😦

  2. Chris permalink
    May 17, 2014 8:50 am

    Do you leave the lights on at night so they grow faster?? And is Ms. Bravergirl still following you around?

    • May 17, 2014 11:35 am

      Chris, no, the lights are to provide heat, you start out at about 95F and work your way down to a temp that the chicks will be able to tolerate when they get moved outside at about 3 weeks. By three weeks most of their feathers have come in and they don’t need supplemental heat. Now they are all following me around, so it’s hard to know who is who;)

  3. Chris permalink
    May 17, 2014 6:04 pm

    Ahh, now you really are mother hen! 🙂

  4. May 18, 2014 8:09 am

    In the last couple of years some of my family have raised chickens and I’ve been enjoying the stories of their endeavors as well as the eggs that are produced. It’s great to read about your adventures told from an experienced dedicated farmer’s point of view. I appreciate your knowledge and your willingness to share it.

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