When the chicks first get here, they spend two weeks in the nursery (brooder) where the temperature is kept around 90 degrees the first week and then is gradually decreased as the chicks get older.
Who wants to have a painting party??
My coops WILL get painted this summer, even if I have to make the cats do it.
When they are four weeks old and have most all their feathers, they move out into the real world. They are protected from predators with an electrified poultry netting fence and have a movable shelter which we move to new pasture every other day. They are free to do what ever they want, whether it be a game of "keep away" with a grasshopper or simply taking a nap in the cool grass.
The chickens are fed twice a day and supplied with fresh water twice a day, sometimes three times a day if it is a hot day. Now that we are in full swing, we feed approximately 420 lbs of feed a day and go through approximately 500 gallons of water!!
Whew, no wonder I am so tired!
So there you go folks, a day in the life of a farm fresh pastured chicken at the Open A Bar 2 Ranch.