The chicks are so cute! It is crazy to think they will be ready to go in 8 weeks! It has been almost two weeks since I took these pictures and the birdies are huge! They almost have all their feathers now! In fact this picture was after only two days and already they were growing their wing feathers! They will grow twice as fast as a regular chicken! Crazy!
Here is a picture of the chickens today: two weeks old! Not quite as cute anymore, but I guess that will make it a little easier on me when the time comes to process. Not that being ugly is my only stipulation for killing something (my husband was giving me a hard time about that). I simply find myself not getting quite attached to these since they are stinky, ugly, and have a short life span. I understand that the purpose of us caring for them now is to provide us with food later. It is so great knowing that the chicken you feed your family was taken care of, and given a healthy diet!
Here is the chicken tractor the birds will move into in about a week! We will move it once or twice a day so they always have fresh grass! Skyler made this chicken tractor using scrap pieces of siding and metal. He bought the wood and mesh (I think that is what you call that gated stuff!? lol)
Do you raise meat chickens? Do you process them yourselves? We would love to hear from you!