If you’ve been following our first time round with meat birds, you’ll be happy to know that the chickens have found their home in the pasture for the next few weeks!
The chicken tractors (see pre-bird chicken tractor video here) were put in place & ready for action this past weekend. Karl picked the perfect location for them out in the pasture, just on the other side of our laying hen grounds.
Each chicken tractor is equipped with a homemade waterer & feeder full of organic, non-gmo grower feed. The tractor itself gets moved to a fresh new plot of pasture each day. This ensures the birds have a fresh, clean space each day to “pick & graze” on.
We have 25 & 24 (3.5 week old) meat birds per tractor with plenty of space to eat, drink, & be merry. 😉
On a side note – you read that correctly… 25 + 24 = 49.
We are down to 49 birds as of today. Just before the chickens were ready for the transition to the tractors, one of the chicks decided to literally fly the coup pre-transition. RIP little chick.
Tonight will mark night #4 in the chilly night air for our birds. I was skeptical of how well they would hold up without their heat lamps. Luckily, Karl’s step down process of acclimating them pre-chicken tractor paid off (so far). It is amazing how quickly they put on their “big bird” feathers to adjust to the change in climate.
The birds will switch over to Karl’s own homemade organic, soy free finisher ration at 6 weeks old.
If all goes as planned, we will be processing 49 meat birds (~5 lbs each) in a few weeks time to put in our freezer for the months ahead. This homestead mama (& our chicken lovin’ little Klaire) can’t wait to be enjoying one along side some HHM roasted veggies from the garden!
Looking for any specific chicken recipes to try? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!
Till next time, y’all…