Category Archives: critters

Chickens in our Backyard Farm – 6 Weeks Old

2 or 3 days old

This is an update on the chickens. In approximately two weeks, we will begin butchering the white chickens (Cornish Cross). We are keeping the Ameraucana and Rhode Island Red chickens for egg layers. The Cornish Cross have grown freakishly fast in the 6 weeks we have owned them. My wife and I knew that the Cornish would grow quickly, but it is still a surprise. We are going to weigh them tomorrow.

In the video, you can really see the size of the Cornish when they walk next to the milk jug. Currently they eat a half pound of food every day (each). Honestly I know very little about chickens. My wife and I had chickens last year … and we have them this year. But, in total, I still have less than one year of chicken raising experience. These chickens seem healthy… and the egg layers are healthy.

The egg layers are lightning fast too. I wonder if the egg layers are really that fast… or if they look fast when compared to the lumbering Cornish Cross chickens…

My wife spotted a small possum in the chicken run yesterday. I have not seen it yet but we are definitely concerned about it. Possums can eat chickens… and eggs… sigh…

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Five Week Old Chickens – Backyard Farm

2 or 3 days old

Well, this backyard farm gig has gone well so far. My wife and I are really happy with the current results.

We have Cornish Cross, Rhode Islands, and Ameraucana chickens. In the video you can see how the Cornish Cross (white) chickens and the Rhode Island reds (red) are definitely different in size. We got them at Coastalwhen they were approximately 1 to 3 days old, and they have made it to five weeks. Today they moved before I could get a picture, but one of the Rhode Island Reds was sitting on top of one of the big Cornish Cross chickens… and the Cornish Cross did not seem to mind.

My wife and I have debated whether or not we should separate the meat chickens (Cornish) from the other chickens that we want because of the size difference. But everyone seems to be eating just fine and there are not pecking issues yet.

How are your backyard farming adventures coming along this year?

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