Thursday, February 01, 2007

January Broilers

I got a new batch of broiler peeps a little over two weeks ago. These are Cornish Cross meat type chickens.

I have a small battery brooder that is about the right size for a batch of 25 chicks. That’s where these birds have been since I got them.

This is the first time I’ve started a batch in mid winter. At other times of the year I leave them in the brooder no more than two weeks. They grow so fast they get too big for it.

I left them in the brooder almost three weeks this time because we had a cold snap and I thought it might be too much for them to be in the pasture pen. It was just an overnight frost, only the second this year.

I put them on the pasture yesterday. Overnight lows were in the forties. They seem fine today.

I think the bigger they get the better they will handle cold. I know that in the summer the heat is a real problem for older birds.

I have customers that want chicken. I’m out myself.


Joe Greene said...

I envy you. We're down to our last chicken with 6+ inches of snow on the ground and a low temp of 0 forecasted for this weekend.

Urban Agrarian said...

Just the term 'January Broilers' sounds strange to someone like me in Massachusetts. It's 7F now and expected to be zero later tonight. I'm such a softy though that I'll make extra hot oatmeal in the morning so I'll have some to share with the layers. I don't heat their coop which probably sounds crazy to someone in Florida. I still have some White Rocks that we butchered in November in the freezer, but fresh chicken sounds good. Enjoy yours.

Alan said...

I have customers that want chicken.

I'm one of them. Please put me down for five.


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