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Posted: Sunday 8 February, 2009

by Rosemary at 9:40pm in Poultry No comments Add your own

We took delivery of our ten Hubbards yesterday. They hatched last Wednesday so are a wee bit older than day-old. The cardboard box brooder was all prepared - lined with four sheets of newspaper, so I can simply remove one a day to give them a clean surface. Not tried thsi before but it worked fine today. They're messy little beggars.

All seem to be eating and drinking fine; when I went in tonight, they were sound asleep, all together under the light. I was worried last night - we've never had chicks at this time of year and outside ( i.e. not in the spare room!) but they seemed fine and it's not so cold tonight. It's actually snowing a bit.

We expect to be killing these between 10 and 14 weeks - hard to imagine, right now. Last time, I fed adlib pellets; I might restrict this time and grow them more slowly. The last lot were 5.5 - 7lb oven ready at 12 weeks. Hey ho, so much to learn!

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