Agustin is cleaning the water lines here in the female section of the breeding flock. There are seven males that we are keeping with them. To the left there is another house the same size with all the males that did not make the cut. These will be processed soon and sent to chefs to evaluate. They are all 16 weeks old now, which is the time for the girls to move on to the laying flock and the boys who reach 6 lbs in weight to be processed into a 4 lb carcass.
Life and death is a natural part of any organic farm below and above the soil level. The soil nematode and arthropods eat bacteria, fungi and each other and release nutrients to our crops. The chickens lay eggs, and when they do not lay enough to pay for the organic feed they are converted into chicken stock which nourishes us.