Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Great Update

It's been awhile since I posted, so here I go with a Big Update.

The Cornish Rocks are growing like crazy. Some of them too much, IMO. We have had to put a couple down because they seem to have lost the use of their legs. We now have 30 chicks left of the original 49 that made it to us alive on delivery. I don't believe we will be ordering this breed again. There are just too many health problems and I feel it's not humane to encourage their production in buying we just lose SO MANY! Our other batches of chicks we have only lost one or two due to health problems. With these, I have lost count of the number that have died unexplained deaths. :-/

Here's how big they were last week, and my kiddos too. :)

The Delawares are growing and are so alert and inquisitive. Every time I go in to check on them, a few of them are perched on the edge of the horse trough they are in. I know it's time to move them very soon. We were able to find a new home for our 4 adult chickens last night, so once I get the coop cleaned out and the pesky rat problem taken care of, we plan to move them to their new home. :)

Here is a pic of the Delawares and our daughter last week and boy the Delawares have grown in the last week! I need to take another pic!

The garden has been keeping us busy as well. Here is a pic of the main veggie garden. This is the first year it has looked this neat. I guess having more time to be outside, along with religious mulching, really makes a difference!


Michelle said...

I am reading about the BioVeda and found the cornish crosses interesting. We have thought about get 25, but I talked my husband out of it. Glad I did. Sounds like you'd be lucky to have 10 left.

Tanya said...

I know there are a lot of people that love the crosses for meat production. I don't know what we did wrong, since we followed all the guidelines. Maybe we got a particularly bad genetic strain or something? I don't know. If we ever do them again, I think we will at the very least order from a different company...different bloodlines and all...