I'm not sure how clear this video is going to be but maybe ya'll can make sense of it. I thought it was just hilarious how rabid these chooks are to get out in the afternoons. They live for their time out in the yard. So far we have had good luck with letting them out with no fatalities.
Speaking of no fatalities though; these boys will end that streak soon. They have gotten a little too big for their britches lately and are confined to fatten up just a little more. I do not believe I will ever have Leghorns again. They are very aggressive towards the other chickens.
The Cornish Cross chicks are doing well now. We did have 3 to die and it was a bit mysterious. No leg problems, no wheezing, discharge, pasty butt or anything else that might indicate disease or anything. However, Jack did notice that their feed had some larger chunks it in that maybe they were having trouble with so he started sifting their food and we've had no deaths since. We are buying a locally ground natural, non-medicated feed but apparently they also do rabbit food etc. because the larger chunks looked kinda like rabbit pellets (food, not poo). Maybe they don't clean their machines well between batches. We don't know if that was the culprit but they re all doing well now and are surprisingly active.
This one kept staring at me rather pointedly. Perhaps he suspects his fate. I hope not.
They have even begun flying around their cage a little. Well, enough to hop up on the rat sills anyway! We have found all the young chicks like to sit up there for some reason. Their little legs are significantly thicker than regular little chicks and we have only noticed one that might be having a little trouble walking. After we had those 3 die I was beginning to feel like getting these were a mistake but now they seem to be developing normally, just a bit faster than other chicks. We'll see. I'm still a bit skeptical and we are keeping a close eye on how they get around and seem to be getting along. No matter how efficient they are at becoming dinner I still don't want to be raising meat blobs. However, as of now, they seem just like any other chicks as far as activity and curiosity. They jump and fly and scratch. Best they can anyway.
I hope to also get a little bit of the fall garden planted today but I may not. I have a bit of throwing to do to fulfill some pottery orders so that comes first right now.