My latest visit to the farms involved examining the young flocks, currently between one and 16 weeks old. There are three barns dedicated to rearing the chicks before they are moved to the regular barns with access to the range. To monitor their progress we weigh a sample of chicks from each flock on a weekly basis. This allows me to determine the type of feed they require to ensure that their body weight is optimal for a healthy chick of that age.
With the 16 week old flock we actually weighed and recorded data for 100 individual chicks. Their average weight was slightly less than optimal which is perfectly acceptable for Pullets reared at this time of the year. We were really pleased to see that the chicks were healthy and weight's were very similar, like peas in a pod, which is perfect for when they commence laying in about three weeks.