HubbardsRSS feed

Posted: Wednesday 4 March, 2009

by Rosemary at 5:30pm in Poultry Comments closed

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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