Animals, Food, Uncategorized

Meat Chickens- Week 3

A few weeks ago I posted about building the coop for the meat chickens. They arrived & I posted about it on Facebook, but I forgot to here.

So now, today the baby chicks are starting their 3rd week of their very short life that will come to a close the weekend of Thanksgiving.

If you missed it, we are NOT raising 50 chickens in the city. We’d be in so much t-r-o-u-b-l-e with code enforcement, etc.. We have family that lives about 15 minutes away & is taking care of them. So I can’t take all the credit for this adventure. Fortunately we have the opportunity several times a week to stop by & visit the chicks.

Here they are at a few days old:

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A week old:

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About 2 weeks old:

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They’ve been moved out of the metal trough & into the coop since they’ve grown so much already. And for the record- they really aren’t that cute. Especially when they grow a little more & their feathers don’t grow with them. Their pretty ugly actually, which makes killing them much less difficult. You’ll see. Promise ya.

Why are we doing this? To sum it up, we are taking advantage of the ability to get meat that hasn’t been treated with antibiotics, growth hormones, caffeine, arsenic, antidepressants, acetaminophen, or anything else the CAFO industry uses. I strongly encourage you to seek out sources for locally produced meat…this is why.

When you pile 30,000-40,000 chickens in one commercial chicken house, the result is stressed, sickly chickens. Stressed & sickly chickens that need lots of antibiotics to keep them alive, growth hormones make them grow bigger & faster before they die from the condition they are in. When the chickens are stressed (from their disgusting conditions) their meat turns tough and the chickens are drugged to make them less stressed in order to provide the consumer with more appealing meat. While these drugs may or may not make it all the way into the consumer’s body, the point it that there are much more human ways of raising & producing meat. The more antibiotics used, increases the odds of contracting antibiotic resistant diseases from the meat, which like in the event of the recent government shutdown, the FDA performed far less inspections of the meat that resulted in what the media called an epidemic of foodborne illness/disease from chickens. Um, gross.

I wish I could say that this group of chickens was free-range & organically fed, but they aren’t. However, they are treated humanely, were not vaccinated or treated with any medications & are in very clean conditions (they are messy little gals). I do want to check out our free range & organic options for the next go-round.

I’ll try to be more diligent with weekly posts about these little guys.

In the mean time, do you raise meat chickens? Tell me your experiences…I want to know!

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Meat Chickens- Week 3”

  1. We raised 60 Freedom Rangers this year and butchered 55. We rotated them onto fresh pasture each day in a moveable chicken tractor. Worked great! But lots of work. We’ll do it again though 🙂

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