Monday, May 28, 2012

chickies day out

The little meat chickens are growing strong, and will be 3 weeks old already in just a couple of days! We're working on transitioning them from the brooder out into the "real world," where they can enjoy the grass and sunshine. Today was so beautiful and mild (and the chicks so ready to spread their wings a bit more), that we took them out for a little exploring.


I loaded them up in a dog crate and brought them to the outdoor run attached to the chicken barn. They were cautious at first, but as soon as a few brave souls ventured out, the rest followed with a little coaxing.


Their downy fluff is turning into beautiful feathers, and they are indeed becoming meaty.


Unfortunately, they are not getting any uglier.


They are cute as ever, in fact.


And rambunctious.


As they scratched the ground, nibbled the grass, jumped at flying bugs, and pounced on each other.


Ever-watchful, Tiny eyed them suspiciously.

And when we brought them back inside, they were thoroughly tired, snuggling up all together for an afternoon nap. Sweet little chickies.

17 comments:

  1. Wow! They grow SOOOO quick! Thanks for sharing your adventures in rearing your own meat. How very exciting!

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  2. Such a lovely post with cute chickies !! It's like with kids: make them play a lot and after they will sleep well ! ;-)

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  3. I love the photo of the rooster keeping an eye on the chicks. My pet rooster has taken a shine to my little rescue pullet, so now the two are bunking together at night. A good rooster is such a fun fellow to have in the farmyard! My several three-month-old roosters are just beginning to crow - what a ridiculous sound!! Park croak, part squeak, all teenage boy. Lovely post, Jamie. Beautiful photos, as always!

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  4. Naaww, they are very sweet and growing so fast too! Hopefully not too sweet though that it will cause issues when the 'time' comes. :)

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  5. Awww...they are just too cute Jaime...and what wonderful pics you captured!

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  6. You're right. They are not getting any uglier!

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  7. I'll bet they loved getting out to run and eat grass and bugs. DO you plan to move them out full time when they get a little bigger?

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    1. Yep, just as soon as they're fully feathered and able to tolerate the cooler nights we're having. I'm thinking they'll be ready soon!

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  8. Uh, oh, Jaime. They are too precious. I am worried that *I* might become too attached to them. And I'm not even going to be eating them!

    You are my role model...braving the true course of nature rather than just stopping by the market.

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    1. Uh-oh! Okay, no more cute chickie pics then ;)

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  9. Sooo, lets suppose you "chicken" out (sorry) and cannot do the deed when the time comes. Are these chickens a good egg-laying breed?

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    1. Ha! Well, no, they are meant to be grown specifically for meat, and I think keeping them alive past a certain point might lead to them becoming too big. These are slower growing than the typical cornish cross meat birds, but they still love to eat! So, there's no backing out now, but this is just part of the journey. Even with laying hens, at a certain point, when they stop (or dramatically slow down) laying after a few years, a decision needs to be made as to what to do....

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    2. So interesting! I am in awe of you all who have the opportunity to do this. Raising your own food with integrity and gratitude is how it should be done, right? I can't raise animals in my NYC apartment (well, other than the two cats...) so I buy my meat from the wonderful farmers who come to our local green markets. I am fortunate (and grateful) to be able to do this...some can not.

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  10. I love their coloring, much prettier than the Cornish Crosses!

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  11. heir coloring is gorgeous! They may not be getting any uglier, but they will still be delicious when it's time ;-)

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