It took a few days and involved one slight mishap--a collapsed roof--but the meat chickens finally have a pen of their own. They're now twice the size of the heritage breeds and really needed to be separated in order to "finish" them with a diet different from that of the future laying flock. The new run occupies the space between the main run and the pig pen. I built a small house with a roost in it, and constructed the outside run in the same way as the main run--one-inch wire at ground level and two-inch wire the rest of the way up and over the top. This should keep potential predators at bay.
A few more weeks, and it'll be time to fill up the freezer!
|The meat chickens' new run. The tarp is to provide a little extra shade. I'm thinking of planting a tree or two in the space between the runs and the back pasture.|
|Happily doing what meat chickens do (eat and drink).|
|Wait one second, you mean you're going to EAT me?!?!?|
|The clean-up crew, paid in rice krispy treats.|