Thursday, June 30, 2011

Cornish Cross Chickens at 4 Weeks

Here is what the little cornish cross chick looked like upon arrival at about day 2 of its life. Cute.

Now here is a chick at 4 weeks of age. Not so cute anymore.
Almost completely covered with
feathers and quite a handful.
As of tonight they will be without a light for heat.

I have moved them into the big house that has a little door to the outside world.
Not that they care much. So far, no one has been brave enough to go outside.
They just sit and look outside or enjoy the rays of the sun shining in.

During the first 2 weeks
they ate one 40 pound bag of organic chick starter\grower.
In the last 2 weeks they ate two bags plus 5 pounds of a new bag.
So, total food ingested thus far by 29 birds is 125 pounds.
They are now drinking 4 gallons of water a day,
plus whatever they drink out of the automatic waterer.

I have only had to clean their pen out once so far,
but I know that this will change very rapidly,
because the more they eat the more they poop.

1 comment:

  1. That's a lot of chickens! AND, a lot of food! Cute things.


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