Growing The Growers Filming Trip 2010

Diary with pictures of our trip to the USA and England to meet with people that have successfully encouraged more people to garden and farm organically

Monday, August 16, 2010


There are a large number of both laying hens and broilers raised every year at Polyface. Taking day old pullets (particularly the fast growing meat birds) through from day old to the stage where they are able to grow on outside on grass requires good facilities and excellent diet if there are going to be minimal losses. The brooder sheds are spacious and well equipped and at this time of year were filled with young birds. We weren't the only ones interested in peeking into see the babies. This mother goose was very excited by all the chicks she could see through the windows which can be opened and closed to ensure good ventilation and correct temperature.

This is what she was looking at. Baby chickens running around on deep litter. They are kept warm by overhead heaters and raised in regular batches throughout out the summer providing a steady supply of chickens for the table and enough egg layers to keep the polyface customers happy.

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