Three weeks ago we received our first set of broiler chicks (cornish cross). On Wednesday of this week they all went to the field. The season is here and there is no turning back!!
All-in-all we put 2,945 broilers in field shelters. I was very surprised how big they were at 3 weeks old. The difference between cornish cross and Rhode Island Red chicks is incredible. At 3 weeks of age the Reds were half the size of the cornish cross. I guess that is why we eat cornish crosses and not Reds. Joel calls them "High Octane race car birds," thats why we feed them "High Octane Fuel."
Here are some pics of the first batch of broilers in our brooder. I'll try and get out to the field and get some pics of them in the field shelters.
Here I am... chick in hand... goofy smile on face...
Daniel on Left... Matt on right... They were dunking the beaks of the new chicks. Sometimes when they come in they are a little groggy and dipping their beaks helps bring them out of it.
This is one of 6 propane hovers that warm the chicks.
Here is one of the 1 gallon waters we use for the first few days. I forgot to photograph the main watering system which is a tube with water nipples. They use the nipple most of the time.
We feed 2 ways for the first week. One way is in this tray that they climb into.
The other way is via trough. As you can see they prefer the tray for now. Soon they will be bellied up to the troughs filling their crops.
Five weeks from Wednesday we will be butchering. If you are interested in ordering fresh chickens for pick-up on farm, check out the website and give us a call.