Hi everyone. Excited to share that we got our first chicks over the weekend. We got a cochin and a welsummer from Pickering Valley and a black sex-link from dheltzel, and all appear to be doing great. The welsummer is about a week old now and the other two are a couple of days younger. I have read that it's important that we handle them frequently when they're young so they become socialized - but whenever we reach in the brooder they scramble away pretty quickly. I assume this is normal for really young chicks - just wondering how long it usually takes for them to get more comfortable with people. Any thoughts? Thanks.
I find that offering meal worms from your hand as close to hatch as possible usually wins them over.
Anyone notice a difference in taste with the Red Ranger Broilers and the Cornish cross? We noticed a huge difference in turkey meat flavor and color last year between the commercial Broad Breasted White and the Heritage Blue Slate (compliments of Silkie Sensation). I was not impressed with the flavor of our pasture raised Cornish Cross, and really feel breed was the key with the turkeys. We processed the turkeys at 30 weeks, 10 weeks longer than the typical 20 weeks for commercial and they were a good weight.
not sure where to begin...
when raising poultry of any kind, time is taste, you may not get the nice soft meat in an older bird but you will get a stronger flavor...it is a trade off and people like both sides...i prefer an older bird to be slow cooked over a young cornishx
now as far as the rangers and cornishx, there's a slight taste difference regardless of age...with the rangers being a denser and stronger meat..
really, I could go on all day and give you guys a seminar...