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Meat Bird Update: 8 weeks

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I thought I’d share a few more pictures of the meat birds before they go. I like to let them out into the “feed room” side of the coop; it is just where I store their feed and where the three in the pool are, but they like the change of scenery and the grass! I usually dump a handful of feed on the dirt floor for them to eat too.

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I’ll let the chickens stay out in the feed room for awhile, but I like to have them all in the other side when I’m not there because it’s safer. Sometimes General will come in and sniff around….his presence is a little terrifying to the chickens, as you can see in the picture! He also helps to get the chickens out of the feed room this way 😉

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Otherwise he isn’t really too interested in them!

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The three in the pool are doing good (the third chicken is right behind the standing chicken). I think they might weigh 1-3 pounds less then the rest!

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~Elisabeth

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Meat Bird Update: 7 weeks

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Y’all, these are seven week old meat birds. Don’t they look nice? They will be around here one more week; my dad set up a tentative appointment next Saturday for the inevitable butchering. I do feel sad…these guys have been in my life everyday for the past (almost) two months. I’ve fed them, cleaned their coop, cried over the birds who died and buried them, cleaned their coop, weighed them, talked to them, cleaned their coop, cleaned their coop, cleaned their coop, and I don’t believe I have ever once told them they were for meat. But everyone else has!

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Dad separated these two birds from the rest of the flock because they had leg problems. He put them in the kiddie pool that we used for the chickens when they first came. (Yesterday we had to put another bird in because it was getting picked on; so now there are three birds in the pool!) Kerstin says it looks like these birds are at the beach 😉

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I’ve really enjoyed raising these fellas. 🙂 I’m planning on raising one more batch, since I’ve got leftover feed. There are a couple changes I’ll make, one is changing the starter feed from a turkey starter to a broiler starter. And I’ll have to buy a small electric fan to keep the birds cooler since they’ll be trying to live through July and August, our warmest months!

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Thank you for visiting A Homespun Country Life!

~Elisabeth