Eden Hall Is Getting Chickens!

100 chicks will be arriving to Eden Hall Farm in just a couple of weeks. They will be part of a series of trials designed to compare the effects of soy based feed versus non-soy based feed in broiler chickens. By carefully controlling and monitoring the weight, feed, and appearance of each group of birds, we hope to gain some insight into the pros and cons of each type of feed.

Since these chickens will be pastured, Allen and I have been working on a design for two moveable chicken coops, where the broilers will live after spending their first few weeks in a brooder. Though we haven’t built them yet, we hope to create larger versions of this:20100614015Small

After that, it will be a matter of weighing the feed daily and recording how much each group eats, as well as periodically weighing and recording weights of chickens from each group.

This is an exciting project, but definitely a big one. We would love your help! If you are interested in learning about and helping with any step of the process, from building the coop through raising the chickens, please contact Acranisky@chatham.edu.

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About Drew Cranisky

Drew Cranisky is a freelance writer and bartender living and working in Pittsburgh. A (near) graduate of Chatham University's Food Studies program, he is working on a book about American distilling and drinking. He enjoys cats, pinball and fancy burgers.

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