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Raising Meat Birds

We’ve got chicks!

Our 25 non-gmo Freedom Ranger chicks arrived on Friday morning, and are now settled into their brooder where they will stay for a few weeks, at which time we will move them out onto pasture.

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We dipped each of their beaks into their water dish before placing them in the brooder to make sure they got a drink and to teach them where the water is.

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They have two low-hanging heat lamps in the center, where they can huddle together if they’re cold.

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We used egg cartons for their feed, and will graduate them to other feeders as they get a bit bigger.

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Here is their brooder pen, made with the bottom of a poly-hut.  We laid down newspaper, and covered that with about an inch of pine shavings.

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Once they are able to be without the added warmth, they’ll be moved to a chicken tractor and rotated daily onto fresh pasture.

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