The Broiler Biography | Week 4
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It’s hard to believe it’s already been a whole month since our chicks got here!

This week they got a new home on pasture and they seem to be loving it! They’re learning the routine of getting moved every day  while eating all the grass and bugs they want!

Here’s he his showing us his wing span…

Buddy held the bird today, since it’s getting increasingly harder to hold it AND take a picture!

Until Next week!…

Happy Monday!

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3 Responses to The Broiler Biography | Week 4

  1. They are getting big! I love the shot with the wings going in particular. Next week, Buddy’ll probably need both hands…

  2. Leilani says:

    I love watching them grow and change.

    While I am envious of the growth rate and feed conversion of the cornish crosses and understand the need to grow what the consumer wants in order to be profitable, I have serious reservations about raising these mutant birds. Before I proceed to rant please know that I am in no way bashing Polyface, you guys are my heroes. Grass fed mutants is a HUGE step up from factory raised mutants but they are still mutants. I can’t help but wonder if eating something that is incapable of sustaining life much past market weight due to all the complications caused by the growth rate they are engineered to achieve doesn’t have consequences for our bodies too. I know I am having a moment here but please bare with me, its really not a bash its more of a talking things through. If we are eating something that could not live and procreate are there not questions and concerns? On the flip side consumer expectations drive the market. Freedom Rangers are the perfect example of this playing out. There is a market but the majority of consumers demand a chicken like they are used to buying at the grocery store. I have to admit as we have started butchering our chickens I myself looked at the first few skeptically with their single breasts and their longer legs. I also educate my friends and family who are starting get chicken from us.

    We have a sweet deal right now where we buy heritage birds for $1 each from a local breeder at 3-6 weeks old when she culls for trait imperfections. We get them in batches of 25 – 50 which works out great for us. The majority of what we get are Delawares, New Hampshires, Orpingtons, and Barred Rocks with a few smaller breeds like Marans and Americanas thrown in. We fell into this deal just as we were getting ready to start raising pastured poultry for our own consumption. We were having the Cornish Cross debate then and I imagine we will have it again when this supplier dries up or we decide to go to the next level and raise to sell to the general public. I know you can’t change consumer expectations over night but maybe if we all work on it we can over time.

    • Ang says:

      Nice looking chickens 🙂
      Leilani, your comment definitely gives food for thought, I’m preparing to start keeping chooks myself, so all of this info is interesting and important to be out there for discussion.