Chuck, still half the size of the broiler chicks
The broiler chicks – and Chuck! – are all safe and sound out in the pasture. The move went more easily than I expected, they all just crowded into a corner of the garage and we plucked them up and put them in the trailer. Then we dropped the trailer in the pasture and fed them in the trailer. We went back to the house and had our supper, then went back out just before sundown and put the birds in their shed. I like to lock them in their shed the first night so that they know where shelter is and will return to it at night, or when it rains.
We don’t do chicken tractors. Instead we use electric netting to surround a little insulated wooden shed on skids in the cow pasture. Feeders and waters are set out in the grass. We move the setup every 7 to 10 days, depending on the condition of the grass. I like this setup because the birds have a choice to be where they feel comfortable.
Some like to be in the shed
Some like to be outside, contemplating the dirt
Rafe and I took a walk out there this afternoon to see how they were doing. They’re about a 1/4 mile from the house. Before we headed back, Rafe thought we ought to have a picture of ourselves.