As you know, we had chickens butchered a few weeks ago, and we will be getting new chicks tomorrow. As far as I can tell, we have told you the beginning and the end of the chicken cycle, but I have left out the middle.
Eric keeps the broiler chicks in the brooder room for about 4-5 weeks. This is done to help the chicks get big enough so they can’t slip the fence, and can reach the waterers. Once they are big enough, they are then moved to the field. Eric and Seth wait until dark and then gather all the birds up into the coops. The birds are moved over to the field where the chicken tractors are housed, and put into the two tractors. The next morning Eric goes over and opens the door. The birds reluctantly move out into their new surroundings. After a few hours the birds are running around the field. The broilers live in these fields and tractors for the next 7 weeks. Your regular store bought bird has a life span of 49 days, and most of these birds are not raised on pasture.
This week at the Saturday Market we will have chicken, eggs, green and yellow beans, squash, eggplant, okra, LOTS of tomatoes, basil, kale, potatoes, onions, chard, fennel and garlic.
We have had a number of people ask what you can do with fennel. I will have Eric write up a post. For those of you who don’t know, I don’t cook. At all. Ever. I bake, sometimes. The thought of cooking for Eric makes me anxious.