The Life of a Meat Chicken, Week 2

The meat chickens are now one week old. Most noticeable in their first week of life is the appearance of the white feathers that will replace their fluffy down. This usually starts on their wings. Our chicks are still in the brooder but don’t require the heat lamp as much, especially with September temps still in the 80s/90s. They are starting to outgrow their space, evidenced by their ability to “fly” out. In a few days Andy will move them onto the floor of the chicken house, and at about 2.5-3 weeks they will be moved outside to pasture.

Two weeks old!

Harmonious living

I love the late lazy days of summer the best, especially this year as we complete our first full year back on the farm. Our new batch of thanksgiving turkeys are a few weeks old and the next batch of broilers only have a few weeks left before they are processed. Andy moved them all in the same pen a few days ago, and while there is some competition over food, we love that they share space so well.


This morning I noticed that our sunflowers had bloomed, while the sheep were grazing in a fresh area of pasture next to the garden. We’ve learned that the sheep are particular on what grass they will eat…they prefer younger grass (recently mowed) and will leave the tall older grass alone.


Also this week we have finally been able to hold our new litter of bunnies, and butchered a rabbit from our first litter for Sunday dinner. It was delicious. We are still taking orders for rabbit, chicken and turkey for this fall.

Chicken Wagon, phase one

Andy is hard at work building a wagon for our chickens. This will allow us to run them out in the grass and pasture, ideally with some cattle or sheep. He’s been reading a lot of books about design and came up with what you see below. He started with an old wagon frame purchased from a local farmer and installed a base and supports.

The kids were excited to help so Andy showed them how to drill holes. He then gave them some scraps and they made “connect the dots” puzzles with the drill.

Here is Andy with the walls up, and the kids playing in it with the floor and door on.

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