Last Wednesday we went and picked up 26 little yellow balls of fluff from Miller Hatchery in Westlock. They’re a new breed this year called Western Rustics, which are supposed to be a hardier, slower growing meat bird than the standard Cornish. Sounds good to us. Here are a couple pics from the first day:

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On average they were about 50g and very active from the start, until, like most baby critters, they ran out of gas all at once and had a nap.

I’m happy to report that now at one week, all 26 are still alive and chirping.  Average weight is about 92g.  I’m very pleased, since with Cornish I would have had to pick up at least one dead bird by now!  Much less poop production too, which is nice.

Here’s a picture of one today:

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As you can see, they’re already starting to get wing and tail feathers.  Part of me wonders if they might not have been a couple of days old when we picked them up, since with our Cornish and Orpingtons they didn’t really start to feather out til week 2.  They’re also already doing their little puffed-chest boxing matches as they work out who’s in charge.

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