Meat Chickens

September 08

While the weather is still reasonable, we decided to get some meat chickens. We ordered them from  We got 16 Jumbo Cornish Rock Cross chicks. They were hatched and immediately shipped to us on September 1.  I picked them up at the Post Office in the morning on September 2.  All healthy, chirping and active.

Ordered 15 baby chicks and received 16 - kudos to the US Postal Service for their safe arrival.

Here's what I saw when I opened the box. Look how tiny they are.

I moved them in to a larger container and got them started on food and water. These little chicks are specially bred to grow VERY fast. They should be up to 3 or 4 pounds within about 8 weeks. Most dual purpose (egg and meat) chickens take about 6 months to reach that weight.

All moved in to their new home. They will outgrow it within a few days. There is a red light bulb making the odd color - that's to keep them warm.

They stayed in the basement for a few days, but they were already getting a little crowded, not to mention the odor! So I prepared a new larger home for them on the front porch.  They sure are growing fast.

Second new home in less than one week!

Happy and healthy so far. One week old already.


Posted by on September 8, 2010 in Chickens


2 responses to “Meat Chickens

  1. Carol

    September 9, 2010 at 12:44 am

    Awesome!!! Great job with the post!

  2. Sonja

    September 9, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Wow. I did NOT know you could get live chicks in the mail. Oh, the possibilities. 🙂 They’re cute– and I’m sure they’ll be delicious…