We picked up our Cornish Cross chicks. Some people affectionately refer to this breed as "meat blobs", and by the time they are ready for processing, they certainly do live up to the nickname.
But right now, they're just fuzzy little chicks.
Most people would look at this picture and see, "Ah! Cute little chickies."
I look at it and see the promise that we will eat for the next year. I look at it and see food security.
Ten chicks cost us $37 to raise and, if we butcher them ourselves, work out to about $1.48/lb - no hormones, no antibiotics, hand-raised for the first two weeks, and then, pastured. It probably is cheaper to buy Perdue, but sometimes it isn't just about the dollar sign. We can't really assess the cost of raising our own versus buying chicken in the grocery store, as there is no grocery store equivalent to "hand raised and pastured."
We'll raise around forty meat chickens over the course of the summer, which will allow us almost one chicken per week until next summer when we start the whole process again ;).
This is our third year raising meat birds ... and our fourth with our chickens.
It just doesn't get old.