The Roasters Go Outside Tomorrow

The Godzilla birds go out into their coop tomorrow.  My goodness Cornish roasters are borderline freakish.  I cannot believe how fast they grow.  They are 3 weeks old on Saturday and they are close to 1 pound and a half.  We will have chicken in the freezer the weekend after the 4th of July (maybe one FOR the 4th of July!)

Instead of building a permanent coop for them (considering they are only around about once a year and only for 10 weeks) I built one out of straw bales and some of the chicken wire and PVC trellises I have for some of the vining plants like cucumbers.  They will have their own coop door and the run will be divided 1/3 for the roasters and 2/3ds for the layers.

(News Flash:  As I write this a cloud unleashed itself over the farm.  It has hail in it.  Now we watch wait and see if it destroys the garden.  The farmer is very nervous – this storm has a LOT of water in it.  Where the hell is it all coming from!?)

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4 comments on “The Roasters Go Outside Tomorrow

  1. Paul says:

    So did the garden survive?

  2. Paul says:

    Two bags of feed to go before we dress out our first set of broilers. The next set are about 10 days old. This time we didn’t go with the cornish crosses but a breed called freedom rangers. They take a couple more weeks to grow, but I really think it’s worth it to not have to look at those cornish freaks. Will let you know how it goes.

    • aghippie says:

      Those are what we are planning to use next year. These guys will be great but the growth rate is pretty amazing. Ours are set to go the second week of July.

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