Yesterday. Wow. It went really well, even though it was SUPER hot, we processed 48 chickens with our customers. At the end of the afternoon, we finally weighed one of our gorgeous birds, a smaller one. Over 8lbs. Schnikes!
I did the calculations and we started with 61 chicks and brought 55 of them to harvest, which is extraordinary. I’m feeling so grateful to those bubs, our customers and am so happy with our setup for raising them. They really were happy and healthy birds, and will taste amazing because they lived in the great outdoors in the sun, rain, & wind on pasture. We used electronet for their paddock, and put them into their chicken tractors at night. They got lots of exercise and had strong legs until the end. Their breasts were not a cake of matted on crap, like most broilers. We fed them on the other side of the paddock from where their night shelter was, so they actually ran over to eat. We fed them kale and other greens as chicks so they knew how to forage once they went into their paddock, and in their gizzards was plenty of grass as proof. And I’ll add that cooing and loving on these birds helps too. They started on 22% protein feed, certified organic from Cashton. Then they went onto an 18% certified organic grower feed also from cashton. Very expensive, but totally worth it as having such a high survival rate is unusual.