It’s that time of the year when the days are much cooler here in Michigan and the nights stay around 50 so it’s the perfect weather to raise a batch of Meat Chickens. Once a year at Grama Reds farm we buy 45 chicks, fatten them up, and send them to market. They’re just adorable at this stage but quickly become very plump and not so cute. Meat chickens are quick growing, if we leave their food down 24/7 it only takes 5 weeks to have a bird ready for the freezer. I always call a whole chicken in the store a pigeon because of how small they are. I’m used to our farm raised chickens that actually have meat on their bones.
They will live in the water tanks for about 2 weeks, and once they’re mature enough to not need the heat lamps they’ll be let out into the coop. This year we are taking their food up at night so we’re planning on it taking about 7-8 weeks to get them to the size we like. It’s such an easy way to have fresh chickens all year long and know what they’ve been eating. The flavor is amazing and so much better than a store bought bird.
Did you notice the blue powder on the birds? It’s just for marking purposes as to what type it is, and it brushes right off. As they grow I’ll be back to show you more pics. They’re so different from a laying chicken, you’ll be amazed how big their feet get and how meaty their legs are compared to a layer.