A friend and I decided to try doing some meat chickens over the next couple of months. It’s a fairly low-cost experiment to expand our self-sufficiency and also to have an excuse to build something.
We’re planning on a chicken tractor to house them, which supplies plenty of benefits. I only have an acre of land and it’s in a neighborhood so keeping them contained is a high priority. It also provides sufficient protection from predators like raccoons, possums, and this hawk:
It’s been 2 weeks now and they started out fuzzy and cute:
Since then, they’ve gotten fatter, uglier, and possibly dumber as they move to the next stage as pullets.
Apparently, breeding chickens for rapid growth comes at the expense of intelligence. They regularly knock over their food and poop in their water and that doesn’t stop them from turning around and consuming it…
I’ll keep you updated on their continued growth and stupidification