• Diane says:

    Awesome. So clean. I have to keep my brooder on the dining room table. I only do six at a time and it’s more trouble than you’re going to have with 175. I love the chicks, hate the mess. Gonna use this to motivate my husband to build an outdoor brooder. Great system. BTW, those are some disciplined dogs. I can’t have my dogs in the room when I have the chicks out. Unfortunately, I learned this from experience.

  • Karin says:

    OMG, soooooo cute!!

  • Erica says:

    What was the solution suggested for sparking up the crook chick- water, ep….. and vinegar? Thanks 🙂

  • Heather Bartow (Berkshires, MA) says:

    We’ve used Myers hatchery a few times with good results and they are I OH. They run specials pretty often too. We are in MA and have very few losses in transit. We also raise barred rock chickens and would be will to send some fertile eggs if you all want. Keep it up, we love the glimpses in to the farm!

  • Reconnoiter says:

    FYI. #179 is now back with the rest of the chicks and doing well 🙂

  • TommyBrock says:

    well, what kind are they?

  • Lisa says:

    I got my meat birds from Ideal Poultry in Cameron, Tx. Super fast shipping….overnight to Indiana! They also regularly run specials.

  • Maggierocks says:

    I had one lame chick out of 16. Same issue: lame leg. Wasn’t eating as much as the others and had trouble walking around. I culled her because I didn’t want to feed a chick that wouldn’t make it to slaughter. What did you do to help the chick? Is it walking fine? How do you nurse a chick with out getting to emotionally attached to do what needs to be done later?

    Also, when I got the chicks (I drove to Meyer to pick mine up) two of the 16 didn’t look all fluffy & nice. They looked like they got pecked at a lot. One of them was the one I culled. Should I have said something at the hatchery before I took them home? All of yours seemed so fluffy! It’s my first go at meat birds and I thought maybe that was normal.

  • Erica says:

    We use Murray McMurray- they allow you to order recurring shipments (we get 50 every other week), set you up with auto pay (charges you 2 weeks before shipment), and their birds are guaranteed for the first three days after arrival.

    I don’t know what Jesse uses, but we give our droopy chicks mashed hard-boiled eggs and sugar water. It’s still a gamble but we’ve had good results.

    Those look like Cornish Cross to me. This year I also ran some Pioneers (a hybrid available from McMurray) and had iOS results. They take longer and yield a carcass with more dark meat, but had only slightly worse feed conversion than the Cornish cross.

  • Erica says:

    Sorry, meant good results. That’ll show me to trust auto-correct!

  • Ashley says:

    For pasty butt (when it’s dry) I’ve moved to ripping (gently) the poop and down off, as usually when they have pasty butt they will most likely have more unusual poop, so if you remove the down as well (only a tiny amount) there isn’t as much down for the poop to get caught and stuck in, if you wash, we found you had to continuously wash their butts, and if you don’t catch it the pop builds up again and can definitely be a problem for new chicks

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