Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Pix of Chix
A couple of pictures of the chicks a few hours after they got home to their new digs. Right now they are in a brooder in the barn but will be going outside probably tomorrow or Friday if it is stormy tomorrow. We like to get our pastured birds out on pasture as soon as possible so they learn to eat greens (something they will not do if they are inside the first 3 to 4 weeks of their short lives) and also so they can use their muscles running, flapping wings and walking. This is also something they cannot do when inside in a brooder. If they are in a brooder for 3/4 of their lives they will be out of shape when they get on pasture and will tend not to want to move around except to get food and water. If they get outside and can move around before they reach their first week's birthday than they remain active for their entire lives.