|These chickens were born on the same day and the size difference is about 4 pounds!|
This year on the farm I have decided to raise meat chickens. I chose a Cornish Rock cross meat bird, and started out with 16 of them. I lost one several weeks ago to an unknown cause. (It is thought that that these birds have heart attacks easily due to their massive weight gain over a short period of time, so I am guessing that is what happened.) I really wanted to try it last year, however I was nervous that it would be too complicated and I would be unable to do so. It really has been very easy to do so far, although I will say that these beasts can eat! Actually, that is all they do: eat and poop! It is impressive how fast they grow and feather out. They have 3-4 pounds over my egg layer chicks and are completely feathered by 5 weeks.