and in three weeks will be butchering 47. One died in transit and two died here. They have grown so fast! We will repeat this in the spring. So we are officially NOT buying any more chicken meat from the grocery store. Even counting the cost of buying them, shipping them and the all the food to raise them it is still cheaper and healthier to raise our own. Now I can feed my family meat that I know has not bee pumped full of antibiotics, steroids and all the crap they pump into the meat before they sell it.
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The big picture goal is to be able to raise enough chickens so that we won’t have to buy any more from the store. If my math is correct we would need to raise 100 chickens a year. Now with the weather that we have there is really only two seasons that we could do that practically, spring and fall. Summer would be too hot and winter too unpredictable. The additional run that we built would not give them shelter from the heat or the cold weather. We will be ordering a 50 chick straight run (thanks Veronica) tonight. Dad is buying the feeders and water tanks tonight. We’ll but the chick feed when they get here. MM and Nate almost have the run done. We just have to put the small chicken wire around the bottom of the run, over the heavy wire. This will keep the skunks out of the run. I am really looking forward to this. goal. The thought of never feeding my children chicken that has been pumped full of steroids, hormones and antibiotics makes me feel like a good parent. :)