Welcome to our blog. We thought it would be an idea to continue the story of your chicks as they develop in to fine looking pullets (young female chicken) and cockerels (young male chicken).
As those of you who have kept some of the chicks from your Living Eggs experience will know, observing the chicks can be very rewarding as they make the transition from young chick to mature adult.
By the time the 10 day experience comes to an end the chicks are already beginning to grow their feathers and even show signs of individual personalities. They forage earnestly for grubs and bugs, take dust baths and sprawl out in the sun (yes, chickens like to sunbathe)
They continue to grow more feathers and ‘pile on the pounds’ – At six weeks old they are weaned onto a growers ration to ensure they do not develop too quickly and then by 18 weeks they are fed a layers ration with a higher protein content. Many changes take place in their bodies at this time, both internally and externally as they get ready for egg production (in the case of the females). The males grow more rapidly than the females and are somewhat larger at maturity, they also start to assert their authority over the hens, ‘ruling the roost’.
By the time they hit 20 weeks the pullets will be in full lay and the cockerels crowing. How different they now look from those fluffy little balls of joy which first hatched out!
If you would like to book the Living Eggs experience please call Ben & Cheryl on 01622 843 649 or make your booking through this website.
We look forward to seeing you in 2015