Three weeks ago our "Freedom Ranger" chicks were fluff balls. Now they are partially feathered out and ready for the move from the brooder box to the elegant accommodation of the pasture chicken tractor.
Their rate of growth and those outsize legs make it clear that these are broiler chicks, destined for the table.
For now they're confined in the tractor but John will string an electrified netting to make an adjoining paddock. In a few days, when they've gotten used to the chicken tractor, the door will be opened and the chicks will have a much expanded area to scratch and peck.