Raising Chicks – Week 9

Week 9 and we’re getting close to D-Day now! We weighed a few of the chicks and they are ranging from 1.8kg to a whopping 2.4kg! We’re not sure yet if we will go with an age or a weight when we “graduate” the chicks…watch this space!

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Raising Chicks – Week 8

I am pleased to say I was MUCH better at keeping track of the chickies this week! They are now 8 weeks old, weighing around 2kg and are HUGE!!

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After deciding last week to plateau their feed we have upped it to 130 grams per bird, per day. While we don’t want to be funnelling food into them, this particular breed is designed to gain weight rapidly so we figured we should make the most of this. We don’t want to run the risk of leaving them too long and the meat becoming too tough.

We have 2 separate feeders in the paddock now as they are too big to fit around the 1 and go CRAZY when the crumbs are poured in. I’m talking extreme squawking, and full on attacking of each other…nicely though!

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They’re not too bothered by the laying hens next door – they just occasionally check them out and keep them in line!

Raising Chicks – Week 7

I have to admit, we’ve failed a bit at our chicken farming this week…well, not actually at chicken farming – just at documenting it! We were away over the weekend and as a result completely forgot to weigh the chicks or take any new photos of them…whoops! You’re really not missing out though…they look exactly the same…just bigger! At my guess they are probably weighing in at about 1.5kg each.

We have leveled out their feed supply this week. They will now continue to be fed 100 grams each per day. This seems to be a good amount as it is not so much that they are gorging themselves, but enough that they are continuing to gain weight at a reasonable rate.

I can tell you though that our guess of only one rooster in the bunch seems to have been wrong. There is at least one other…he has just been a little slower to develop!

They are still happily living in their little run and are absolutely loving their big fancy coop. I’ll leave you with this picture…hard to believe only 7 weeks ago they looked like this!

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Homemade Muesli

I am a big breakfast eater. Some people can’t eat in the morning – I can’t function if I don’t eat breakfast within about 30 minutes of my feet hitting the floor. If I had it my way I would eat waffles, pancakes or eggs benedict everyday but really, I don’t have enough time during the week for that sort of carry on. And did I mention that chocolate chip pancakes are my favourite? Not the healthiest option for everyday!

I want something tasty for breakfast that is going to keep me going, be quick to prepare and not equal my body weight in sugar. My answer – homemade muesli!

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Raising Chicks – Week 6

So much for a 50/50 chance of hens or roosters. It would seem that we have 11 hens and 1 rooster – how ideal would that be if we were raising layers! We’re actually pretty happy about this though, as last time we had 2 hens and 2 roosters and found that the hens meat, particularly the breasts were bigger and more tender than the roosters. Makes a whole lot of sense when you think about it!

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The lone rooster

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Focaccia Bread

One of my favourite things is the smell of freshly baked bread – there is something about it that is so inviting. And I think that farmhouse kitchens and freshly baked bread go together so well! Like peanut butter & chocolate, Ross & Rachel, BBQ’s & beer…you get the idea.

One of my absolute favourite kinds of bread to make and eat is focaccia bread. It is not difficult to make and is so versatile – you can eat it for any meal of the day and add whatever toppings you have on hand. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a summer BBQ, a winter soup or just as a snack.

You do have to plan ahead to make this bread as the total time from start to finish is about 3 hours, however the majority of the time is spent waiting for the bread to rise. Perfect if you are throwing a dinner party.

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Raising Chicks – Week 5

I can’t believe the chicks are 5 weeks old already! And they are really starting to look like chickens now. They have had a major growth spurt this week. From weighing 600 grams each last week they are now weighing in at around 800-900 grams. IMG_6699

Over the week we increased their feed from 70g to 80g each per day. They are now eating NRM Meat Bird Crumble. The Chick Starter Crumbles were great when they were little as it is formulated to promote muscle, bone and feather development but the Meat Bird Crumble is full of protein and is specifically to aid rapid weight gain. Not that we are in the “fatten them up as fast as we can” camp but we don’t want to leave them too long either. We put a lot of thought and research into when we changed their feed over…just kidding…we ran out of chick crumbs!  Continue reading