The Little Engineer wants to sell eggs this year so I got a dozen chicks for our family and a dozen chicks for his entrepreneurial endeavors. Now, should we house all the hens together or separate them?
These are the meat chicks... they're born to eat and be eaten... these things grow so fast they're ready to butcher in 6-8 weeks... they really are bred to eat... they pretty much sleep, eat, and poop constantly... This is not normal chicken behavior. Normal chickens browse on grass, chase bugs, play roosting games, scratch, take dust baths, and can be trained to come when you call. I don't enjoy raising the cornish x's at all. They seem like something outside of the natural order, some sort of mutant monster out of a mad scientist's lab or something. My sister wondered if eating animals bred for eating constantly has any effect on our own appetites?! Why are we raising them? I don't know... just because, I guess!
Here's our brooder set up: not exactly high tech... it's packing boxes taped together in an oval shape and filled with hay! It was virtually free and recycling cardboard to boot. The chicks seem warm and happy in their new temporary home.
A final shot of the cuties!