We received an early morning phone call that the package we ordered had arrived and was ready for pickup. Yes, there are some things the postman will not deliver and live baby chicks happens to be one of them. My husband had ordered a special breed of meat chicken to raise. It is a mixed breed that is doomed to a life of obesity and death from the moment of hatching. The fact is if all goes well with his life and he is not eaten by stray dogs, he only has this to look forward too: he will die in about 8-9 weeks either from broken legs induced by obesity or by the butcher knife. Such is the life of this breed of chicken.
This mixed breed chicken is really a true meat chicken. It gains weight at an incredible rate and if it is not processed at around 8 to 9 weeks old, its legs will break from the shear weight of the body and it will die. My husband is smart about these things and while I would not venture into raising free-range organic chicken meat by myself, he has….. and thus the 50 chicks in the basement under a heat lamp,the 300 square feet of electric fence netting in our yard and a automatic chicken plucker he ordered off ebay.
Me, on the other hand, I prefer to stick to gardening.