I ordered our first batch of chicks Friday morning. We have pretty much quit using Cornish Cross birds and went with birds from the Label Rouge program.
We have always had good luck with the Cornish, but I've never been happy with the amount of foraging they do.
By genetic nature they are lazy birds. They don't scratch like a heritage breed bird does either.
I have not ran them in poultry netting only movable pens because they don't seem like they would go very far in a open pen type arrangement.
All of the stock we select at our farm is based heavily on their nature to forage on grass.
That was why I went with Tamworth pigs. Then worked with them through selection to eliminate as much grain as possible and still get a nice finish.
Around here it's eat lots of grass or you're off to another farm or the processor.
Hopefully when these birds are ready to come out of the brooder we can get them on pasture, but who knows with two feet of snow on the ground now!
Guess we'll have to wait and see!
Until next time...