From the first January chicks, to switching to fermented chicken feed, to the impulse Araucana buy, to weathering raccoon attacks, to focusing on integrating birds of different ages, to processing my first chicken for dinner, to this latest endeavor: 25 new egg layers and 23 new meat birds.
|The dark ones are egg layers, and the light ones are meat birds.|
The egg layers will get integrated into the flock as per the other chickens we've had. It really gets easier each time - I've done it twice now.
|The meat chickens, the yellow ones, are Cornish Crosses.|
|The egg layers (dark) are a mixture of Black Australorps, Barred Rocks,|
and two Blue Andalusians (one of which is the blue chick to the far right).
The meat chickens will be moved to the sheep overwinter area for now, and be processed in late September. It'll be interesting seeing the Cornish breed grow literally side by side with heritage breed egg layers. Right now, they're all just tiny few-day-old chicks of the same size. I expect that by this time next week, they will be markedly different sizes.