Chicks and More Chicks
I picked up my order of chicks about a week ago. Forty in all. (A couple of more than that as they always give you extra in case one dies in shipping.)
I put the little prisoners in a rabbit cage, temporarily , in the spare bedroom. It is nice to wake up to the churping of chicks. I knew this arrangement wouldn't last long. They grow like topsy.
I once raised 100 chicks using an empty bedroom. You can do this lind of thing when you have no wife to complain. By the time, the got feathers and I finished building the hen house, the noise was quite loud and they were getting the house very dusty. This was the beginning of my son's egg business, "Parker's Poultry.".
I built them a 10 foot long cage with one end enclosed with the heat lanp. they are now in the basement. This housing will allow them to grow until the get feathers and I can put them outside in yet another housing arrangement. I am going to built I mobile kind of housing that can be moved around on the pasture so they may free range some food.
Aren't they cute! Don't get too attached, they are food. They are all cockerels of a meat variety,
I am raising them for my friend Denis. I just hope he is home from his job drilling for mineral riches in the North to slaughter them. (I am not very good at this. it is hard to get the tender hearted suburban boy out of your system.)
In the mean time, I get to enjoy the birds and watch them grow.