We are adding Chicken to the Rabbits and Lamb in being self sufficient in ethically raised superior tasting meat. Fifty meat chickens arrived on Thursday and have been under the heat lamp inside since them, but they are so messy it is time for them to go into the portable chicken ark. I have set up brooder lights and will cover the ark at night to keep them cosy. Easy to lose them all to hypothermia if they get cold. I purchased some layer chickens at the same time and it is extraordinary how much more robust, hungry and growthy the meat chicks are. I have left the layer chicks inside as they just can't compete. These meat chicks are supposed to be ready to slaughter in six weeks but I think it will take longer. Being raised outside on grass and grain and without twenty four hour light so not eating at night will slow them down but should improve the flavour. So begins another educational experience.