we had a nice day monday and the brooder needed to be cleaned out, so the birds got to go outside. Boomer was working and I grabbed up the birds. Two things, the meat birds feel heavy, so we might be processing sooner rather than later, and there is one nice curious little bird. She was happy to be picked up and didn’t squirm and fuss when I was holding her.
We are still learning. We make things thinking it will be awesome then the birds point out the problems. This brooder we are using was suppose to be for the weeks before getting the two flocks together, safe place for the new birds, old birds can get comfortable with them without being able to tear them apart feather by feather. The problem is it’s open for the birds to kick out all the bedding. I was looking at crib bumpers and thought, I can try to come up with something for the brooder. No cardboard box is safe in my house.
It’s working, but those little birds are curious and have knocked down a panel or two. No matter, the meat birds are short on days and once they are gone, we can make another adjustment.
Another lesson learned, we aren’t going to get meat birds again when it is still cold. I would have less of a problem if they were outside on pasture, but having them confined to a brooder with a light for warmth is a bit much. If there is a next time, we will wait till May to get them.
Live and Learn!