Can you hear the Destiny Child's song playing?
"I'm a survivor
I'm goin' make it
I will survive
Keep on survivin'
First it was frigid temps the chicks battled and then as the warmer spring air started to appear, so did a predator. A weasel to be exact. Last Friday was a devastating sight to walk into the brooder barn to the massacre of 54 chicks out of the group of 100.
But these things happen. Chickens are prey to just about everything. Its part of farming. The ups and downs come right along with the good and bad.
So here is couple pictures of our "Survivors" at 3 weeks old. As you can see they are changing so fast from the cute fuzzy chicks of a couple of weeks ago.
Their feathers are filling in. They are in the midst of their awkward phase. They are eating like crazy! And they are squirmy but inquisitive to look at themselves while I attempted to capture a photo!
Well the chicks are keeping me so busy I'm a day behind in my post.
Ok well it is probably not just the chicks!
I did take the picture on time - just didn't get the post up!
So here is our chicks at 2 weeks 1 day old.
This was a "big" week for the chicks. The cozy brooder hoops were removed and they now have the entire pen to roam around in. Its still very cold here so the chicks are still often huddled together under the heat lamps.
As you can see in just a couple of weeks the Cornish-Rock cross chickens grow and change very quickly. You will notice the feathers are coming in and they are loosing that cute fuzzy yellow chick color. And oh how their appetites have picked up! They are now eating between 25-30 pounds per day!
They also don't stand and pose well for the camera, so Farmer Jacob assisted me in this photo shoot.
Here we are at 1 week, 1 day old!
Growing and changing fast!
The severe low temperatures have been rough on this group. Current temperature this evening is 24! Brrr! And I don't even want to talk about the wind! In the chick's brooder hoop I am using 2 heat lamps and have covered part of it, in attempts to keep it warm and prevent the chicks from piling.
The 100 chicks are eating approximately 12 pounds of grain per day. This number will go up drastically over the next few weeks.
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.