500 baby chicks have arrived at Darby’s farm thus beginning the cycle of raising broilers for the season. With the chicks on farm we will talk about what the next steps are.
We also discuss the importance of choosing the right hatcheries and breed. Not just to make sure that you receive quality birds, but also to make sure that you receive quality birds in the shortest shipping time possible.
Darby will talk about introducing the birds to pasture and how started with the Salatin style chicken tractor and then evolved away from that. And we talk about how Darby plans his successions of broilers.
There is a lot of good advice in this one for those just starting out and those with experience.
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Takeaways from this episode
- Darby’s blog post on Starting Spring Chicks:
- “If you are planning on raising meat birds this Spring, or starting some layer chicks now is the time to be planning and getting things in motion. When buying chicks, you have a couple of different options available to you.First, you can order direct from a hatchery. The advantages to this are that you get to order exactly what you want, have them arrive when you want, and typically pay a lower premium than buying the chicks from a local farm store.” Read the rest on Darby’s blog
- If at all possible, and if you can avoid it, delay putting your chicks out on pasture if there is a chance of rain the first one or two nights.
- Darby orders all of his chicks at the beginning of the season. And schedules his processing ahead of time at the beginning of the season.
- This helps to ensure that those things will happen when he needs them to happen versus already being books or being out of stock.
- Try to find a hatchery that delivers a quality bird while minimizing delivery time as much as possible.
- Hatcheries mentioned:
- Darby’s farmers market blog series which we will cover in Episode 4:
- Part 1: http://www.darbysimpson.com/blog/selecting-a-farmers-market-part-1/
- Part 2: http://www.darbysimpson.com/blog/selecting-a-farmers-market-part-2/
- Part 3: http://www.darbysimpson.com/blog/selecting-a-farmers-market-part-3/
- Part 4: http://www.darbysimpson.com/blog/selecting-a-farmers-market-part-4/
- Part 5: http://www.darbysimpson.com/blog/selecting-farmers-market-part-5/
This workshop will be held June 9-11 and will focus on production and butchering of pastured poultry, pork and rabbits. Note that spots are limited and only 30 seats will be offered for this workshop!
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