Right now Sean and I have successfully raised meat sheep, cows, and pigs. After watching the documentary “Food Inc.” we decided that we would like to try to raise meat chickens since we are not very fond of the way meat chickens are raised. So we decided to split 50 meat chicks with his family and 10 laying hens; in total we had 30 chicks. The first couple weeks are the most delicate for little chicks, they must be warm enough, have a good water source and constant amounts of food. It is typical to lose a couple chicks in the first couple weeks but we did not lose one single one!
At about a month old we decided it was time for the chicks to move out into the barn because they were smelling really bad in our mud room. Once again they were all really happy and healthy little chicks and we were just so shocked that we hadn’t lost one single chick yet! Guess we spoke too soon.
One morning after feeding the dogs Sean forgot to lock the room that the chicks were in. Later in the afternoon I went in to check on the chicks to see how they were doing and I walked into a horrific sight. Our dog, Queeny, had gotten into the room and got stuck. After being in there for a while she must’ve gotten bored, but she killed 28 chicks out of 30…
Now, I’m not very emotionally attached to animals that we eat, but anyone who has raised chicks knows how much it costs to get chicks started and it’s not cheap, so I was pretty upset about the investment that we had put into the chicks that were destroyed in a matter of minutes by our bored dog.
However! Sean and I don’t discourage easily, we will start trying to raise chicks again in the next couple weeks, hopefully, with better luck this time… and maybe a chain for the dog.