HubbardsRSS feed

Posted: Wednesday 4 March, 2009

by Rosemary at 5:30pm in Poultry No comments Add your own

Our Hubbard meat chicks are now nearly four weeks old and are outside. They have lost all their down and have grown tremendously - we don't notice it so much but dan's parents hadn't seen them for a week and couldn't believe how much they had grown.

They are in the "batchelor pad" with a run and are on adlib chick crumbs. They are very active - more active than I remember the ones last year being. I didn't intend them to be off the lamp as quickly as this - I was going to bring them into the garage at night and put the lamp in but it's been quite mild, so they've been out 24/7. The box is quite sturdy, they have good bedding and they huddle for warmth.

Hubbard chicks at 3 weeks from asmallholder on Vimeo.

One chick had a ball of poo on one foot, which was interferring with its movement, so we removed that today. It was stuck solid and in removing it, the foot bled a wee bit. I've given it a spray with the ubiquitous "blue spray" so hopefully it will be OK. Once it stops nipping, it should be able to walk properly.


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