The first group of 100 Cornish-Rock meat chickens arrived! I thought it would be fun to share their growth with you.
I am fortunate to live about 25 miles from a local, small hatchery, allowing me to pick the chicks up within hours of their hatch. This helps to limit the stress of shipping the chicks in the mail. It does make for quite the noisy ride home! Non-stop loud peep, peep, peep!
Once we get them home, they are quickly put into our brooder barn area. Heat lamps are provided with the ideal temperature of 95 degrees. The boys and I take time to introduce the chicks to water and many of them take right to the dishes of grain to try out their scratching abilities!
The Cornish-Rock crosses grow amazingly fast! They require high protein and a balance of vitamins and minerals to keep up with their fast growth.
So don't blink! Hope you enjoy!
This is my 3 year old son. This is my 3 year old son after 10 minutes playing outside while I was doing chores in the barn and 20 minutes before we were suppose to leave for a church event....any questions?
Welcome to mud season in Upstate NY! It is still extremely cold but the sun comes out just enough to create the stickiest mud you have ever seen! My washer hates it! Carhartt's and snow pants are covered in it almost daily.
My hardwood floors hate it (ok maybe that's me) as our couch dog (opps I mean Cattledog) Lucy leaves her footprints everywhere!
Yes, I'll admit, overall I detest mud season! But my boys.....they love it! And I love the fact that spring and the beautiful green pasture season will be (should be!) right around the corner! So from all of us here at Black Willow Pond Farm, we wish you a very "HAPPY MUD SEASON"
Carrie grew up on a small dairy farm in downstate New York. After attending Morrisville State College and Cornell University, she continued her passion for agriculture in careers as a herd manager on a large dairy and working for Cornell Cooperative Extension. A handful of years living in North Carolina and working for NC State exposed Carrie to southern agriculture and beach life! A leap of faith has brought the family back to rural upstate New York, where Carrie now "practices what she preached" in small, sustainable agriculture production, along with now raising two small boys in a farm family tradition.