Almost to 4 weeks and the chicks have finally moved to the barn. Dain built a wonderful addition, or rather partition in the barn to safely brood and house the chicks. This has become the challenge, to keep them safe from predators untill butcher time. I have a lot invested in them already, 3 weeks and 100 ponds of organic non GMO feed. This months order will include another 200 pounds to ensure I have enough to get me through to butcher time.
Because of the amount of time I have with these chicks, I feel as though I can't get them on pasture long enough. 6 weeks seems like a lot of time but they are just barely feathered out at 4 weeks, and that gives me 2 weeks to be on pasture? Seems like a joke to me. There has to be a middle ground somewhere that allows the hens to do the raising, bringing them out when she feels it necessary instead of when i think its ok. Cause ya know that I could be coddling them a little too much. Somehow all this just feels wrong, or just not sustainable. The upside is that no matter how you look at it this is better than anything I can buy in the store for my family, organic or otherwise. It's fast, I don't have to care for or keep the fox away from these chickens all summer long. I may be under estimating the amount of time too, 8 weeks may be the target....
Born in New Hampshire and raised in Maine, Eva's passion for living self sustainably began with Helen and Scott Nearing. Both were homesteaders who carved their lives from the land. Eva now lives in Eastern West Virginia, with her husband Dain and daughter Shayna, carving out her own life.