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Our little meaties continue to do very well!  I’m still very impressed with this breed so far.  At three weeks their average weight is 387g, up from 233g last week.  They’re growing so fast!!  And everyone is still alive.  🙂

Just yesterday we moved them from their brooder, which they were clearly outgrowing, to an outdoor shed.  We’d like to give them a little more time to finish feathering out with a heat lamp before they go into tractors.  They seem to be settling in with little trouble.


In other news, the eggs in the incubator went into lockdown today, and should start hatching on Friday.  Mama Hen’s babies are due about the same time.  Super excited!



Our little meat birds are doing very well so far.  At two weeks, we have not had any deaths, they’re feathering out and growing at a ridiculous rate.  Last week they averaged about 92g, this week they’re averaging 233g!  So far I am very happy with this new breed.

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:



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:


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.