Here is the herd! L-R Maggie (the mamma to all the other cows in the pic) Dandie, Daffy and Suzie. We are very proud and thankful for these girls! I hope to catch some action shots of them delivering their calves too! This will be Dandies second calf and Daffy's first.
We currently have 200 broilers! Ya. 200!
100 are about 4 weeks old. And better yet they are all sold! They are on a GMO FREE grain! These older ones are on pasture and moved everyday. We have about 50 in each pen, so they have plenty of room. My husband made the chicken tractors from old truck cabs. He's amazing :) They have wheels on the back, the cab part, then we stick a dolly under the front and just push it. The chickens move nicely along to the new spot of grass.
The other 100 are 3 days old and live in a chicken brooder my husband built from an old pop up camper frame. I told you he was amazing! It works very nicely to keep em warm and dry too.
Kinda cute right now hu?! I like how they make themselves comfortable in the feeder. (My oldest daughter took these pics for me).
Here is the brooder. The other side of the roof is regular roofing .This side lets in the sun to warm it during the day, and that cuts down on the amount the heat light works too. We have that on an automatic thermostat that turns it on when the temp cools down. And as they get older we can turn the heat down as needed to get them out on pasture when they are 3 weeks old. He even put some insulation on the inside to help keep it warm too, only about half way up. Don't worry there is some ply wood covering it. Kinda sweet I think! Makes having them a lot easier and more efficient. And we all know that on a farm we like to be efficient with everything we do. Or at least we do!
Well that is all the updates for today. I gotta go finish making supper for the hungry brood that is coming, and it's almost time for evening chores here in New England!!