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Foraging patterns of six week old chicks

Chicks and oilseed radish

Four to seven weeks is my favorite chick age.  They're just barely starting to get into trouble --- hopping up on the porch, scratching mulch --- but mostly are simply growing like crazy and rustling up lots of their own grub.

Chickens in the garden

Each morning, the flock has to make a hard decision --- which delicious morsel to eat first!

Chicken and asparagus

Oilseed radishes and asparagus berries are favorites right now.

Chicks in raspberries

After breakfast, it's time for a short siesta.  The raspberry patch makes a safe haven for napping.

Chicks on the porch

Then they're back to work!

Chicks in mulch

The straw I used for this kill mulch clearly had more seeds in it than it should have.  "No problem," said my chicks.  "We're on it!"

Evening chickens

They forage until dusk, then put themselves to bed. 

Chicks going to bed

All I have to do is close the door.

(If you were looking for a little more substance, you might want to read this post about the advantages of free range chickens, and this one about the flip side of the coin.  For more fun chick photos, check out this post from a month ago.)

Our chicken waterer keeps our flock healthy with lots of clean water.

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Do you think this "slow growing" Cornish Cross is any different than the regular CC?


Comment by Emily Thursday afternoon, January 3rd, 2013
Emily --- I think I've heard of a few people trying slow-growing Cornish Cross (perhaps the same as that or perhaps from another supplier). I can't recall the exact results --- I think their survivability in rough conditions was better but the meat was a lot like run-of-the-mill Cornish Cross. (That last can be good or bad depending on what you want. I really love the flavor of our heirloom chickens, but the meat is a little tougher and it's not everyone's favorite.)
Comment by anna Thursday evening, January 3rd, 2013
We are looking to grow broilers for the commercial market and I am not sure how well the average consumer will accept a broiler that isn't a Cornish Cross, but yet I am painfully aware of all of their drawbacks!
Comment by Emily late Monday evening, January 7th, 2013

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