Friday, September 26, 2008

And here they are......





The chicks arrived safe and sound yesterday morning. We received our phone call from the post office at 6:30 am. 

Jason took off after them. He and Aunt Debbie unpacked all 400 chicks & 50 guineas and dipped their beaks into water. You do this to teach them how to drink and also show them where their water source is. Theses chicks just hatched 2 days ago this was their first drink of water and bite of food. 

They will stay in our brooder house until they are a bit older. The chicks will need to be able to tolerate the weather temperature and little better before we can release them.

These are Cornish Rock X and Red Broilers. They are strictly meat birds (broilers). 

Just to give you an idea of how quickly chickens change, here is the first batch of our egg layers that we received in April. These are the chicks that pictured below in the cute little boxes. They are out on pasture and beginning to lay beautifully. Its amazing to see them change from baby chicks to beautiful hens (and a few roosters). 



3 comments:

Pine Pod Farm said...

Wow that is alot of chicks! We had guineas but the raccoons and opossums killed them off and haven't had a chance to start another batch.

QuiltedSimple said...

That is a ton of chicks - you'll be busy - but the meat will be oh so good. They do grow fast, don't they (at least compared to baby calves they realy do). Are the guinneas going to be for meat birds also???
Kris

Heidi said...

chicky chicky chicky!! LOL I have egg layers and meat chickens too! :) there is somthing nice about watching chickens.