It is that time of year again. Time for chickens. These are our meat birds. We did not raise any last year due to the move and oh how I missed them. The breed we chose this year was the good old faithful Cornish Cross or sometimes known as Cornish Giants. They are ready to butcher at 6 to 8 weeks. We have had freedom rangers in the past, but they take longer to grow and I find that they do not get as meaty.
The girls are enjoying the newness of these chickies, all 50 of them. Yes 50! We only planned on 30, but it really was a better deal to go with the 50 lot. If you live in Lancaster County, please visit Reich’s Poultry. It was much better to pick up our birds than having them shipped. I am so glad I found a local place to buy my meat birds. I will visit them again for my laying hens. The girls already understand that these chickens will become our food and they totally understand. This is what they know because we have explained it to them over and over again. It is a good feeling knowing we raised the food we are putting into our body. It is just the way of life around here. There is a connection between the food we grow and eat.