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ImageMaryE
Jun 30, 2018 9:52 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Noisy yard ornament Hilarious! Sorry tho that he is not she. How are your chickens and rabbits doing in this heat?
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Imagebillyporter
Jul 2, 2018 4:17 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
Toni,
Aw, too bad he's a he.
A small town has no secrets except itself
ImageSkiekitty
Dec 19, 2018 5:05 PM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro, Zone 5
Too many cats!!
I just saw that I hadn't posted in a billion years here and a lot has gone on w/my chickens this year. Lemme do a highlight:

This rooster I showed a couple of posts up? Here's what he turned into. This was October 15th of this year.

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On August 29th, I picked up a TON of babies from a store near here called Tractor Supply Company. I picked up 16 meat birds, 8 Rhode Island Reds, 8 Black Australorps, & 8 Black Sex links. I've sold all of the non-meat birds other than 1 Rhode Island Red. Meatbirds traditionally don't survive past 8 weeks old due to getting too big and eating themselves to death. Reason why I got so many is because they were $0.25/ea! They wanted them GONE, so I happily obliged. Here's what they looked like in the store.

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Unfortunately, I've lost 5 of the meatbirds between then & now, and so I've had to make the decision that it's time to process. So that's what I did on Sunday, I processed my first chicken. I'd watched a couple of videos on how to dispatch, and then how to make from that to dinner-ready. And so my first one was my biggest bird.. This is him (he was a he) on a turkey platter.

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I have him in the roaster right now. He's too big to be in the rotisserie. He clocked in at almost 6lbs in this state, so we're talking a BIG bird. He was heavier, but I had him dry-aging in the fridge and he dried out a bit.

Today, I processed my 2nd bird. As I don't have a plucker, I just skin after dispatching. I also cut off the last 2 wing joints as that makes it a lot easier. I was able to do the entire process in less than 20 minutes. Pre-processing, 5.7lbs. Post processing: 3.8lbs. Not bad.

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I'll be doing the rest of the meats on Sunday probably.

On Nov 16th, I got in an order of babies from Hoover Hatchery. I started with 10 more meats, 5 Easter eggers, & 2 "Sapphire Gems". These are a greyish bird that's VERY pretty. I lost 3 overnight (the USPS is TERRIBLE here) and then lost 3 more due to .. well, tbh, kitties. Oops. They're growing nicely & have been outside now for a full week. They're not smart enough to go up into the coop-part at night, so every night I have to go out there & put them up into the coop for the night as it's much warmer in there than down on the ground. Dumb birds. Only problem is that the meat birds are outgrowing the others so quickly... it's ridiculous the size difference.
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Imagevic
Dec 19, 2018 5:17 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
That rooster is beautiful. You will get a lot of eating out of those birds Toni Thumbs up Thumbs up
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ImageMaryE
Dec 19, 2018 6:14 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Good job, Toni. The rooster is a pretty guy. I'm also admiring the fence behind him, sturdy!
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagebillyporter
Dec 20, 2018 8:20 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
Beautiful rooster!!

I'm sorry you lose so many chicks, but there's no guarantee they're not stressed or sick.

Are you freezing the rest of the meat birds? I'll bet the first two were delicious! They do have a lot of meat!
A small town has no secrets except itself
Imagemcash70
Dec 20, 2018 5:11 PM CST
Name: Margaret
BC, Can.
Good for you, Toni, growing and butchering your own meat chickens, were you happy with the taste of the birds?. What happened to the skin? did you just skin them rather then pluck them.??? Ears perked up! Ears perked up! Ears perked up!
ImageSkiekitty
Dec 20, 2018 5:28 PM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro, Zone 5
Too many cats!!
omg. This morning was hilarious.

Every morning that I'm not dying from the flu, I get up, get dressed, and start my morning chores. I go to the west side of the house & feed/water the West Side Chickas. Those are my adult layers. I pour out the food first, then unlock the coops otherwise I get tripped up as they won't let me walk around if I don't distract them first. I then go to where the bunnies in the back are & feed/water them (and play with them). As I was working on the West Side Chickas, I could hear the Itties I had put out last week. They were squeeking in starvation... omg, they never ever ever get fed. They're a good... 65? ft away and I can hear them as though they are right there. But I'll get to them in good time. As I'm taking care of the bunnies, I hear rustling in the leaves in one of my shrub beds. Now that's not unheard of.. squirrels, mice, birds... it happens. But this is a little more insistent as the rustling is getting closer and I'm hearing the Itties getting louder. I look over, and here comes a herd of Miniature Fatties heading straight towards me! How on EARTH did they get out of their coop??? Thankfully they've associated Humans = Food, so they're beyond tame (to the point of annoyances) and, right behind them, are 2 of the Easter Egger babies & 1 of the Sapphire Gems. Great. Now I get to chase around itty bitty chickies this morning. So I knock on the back sliding glass door as that's John's office.. he can shoo them my way while I pop 'em back into their coop after I figure out what happened. As he comes out, they go running towards him, too. Yay! 2 humans = twice as much food!!! The big Fatties had also gotten out... and thankfully aren't able to chase down the itties as they could kill & eat them (yes, it does happen). As I got to their coop, I could see where the little bitties were able to just sneak under one of the walls because there was a dig-hole there. The big Fatties had dug right there as there had been some food there and so made it deep enough for the itties to get out. *sigh* So I block that off and start working on getting them back into their coop. They didn't want to go in... why go into a tiny coop where there's the whole world to explore! Simple: they're too small to be out on their own & a cat/hawk could easily take off with one. once they get bigger, then I'll let them free range. But for now, it's for their safety.

And of course they got fed. OMG. Poor starving birds...

Today I processed a 3rd bird. This particular one kept pecking at my leg kind of .. well, I can't say aggressively, but a little more insistent than just a "Hey you" type peck. So he got put into the isolation cage and just processed him about 20 minutes ago. He was a PITA to do. But he looks pretty good for a dinner.

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Margaret - I just skin the birds as I don't have a plucker and don't really feel like plucking by hand. So after I dispatch the bird and they drain out, I put them on the table, lift up the skin a little right at the base of the breastbone, make a small incision there about an inch wide by pinching up the skin and making a little cut, then I can just stick my fingers from both hands into that little cut & pull the skin right off. Funny thing is that after I get most of the body done, there wings & base of the legs are harder to pull off than the rest of the body and so I usually end up cutting the skin off there & working on those parts separately. But between that time, they always look like they're wearing GoGo fur boots.
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ImageMaryE
Dec 20, 2018 7:38 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Never a dull moment at your place!
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ImageArleneB
Dec 21, 2018 7:47 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
If any of the birds Matt and Ennie processed were that big, we'd be in heaven. They were boney roosters. Nice!
Imagebillyporter
Dec 21, 2018 8:25 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
Toni,
I laughed and laughed at all your escaped chickens!
Those are fine eating chickens!
A small town has no secrets except itself
Imagemcash70
Dec 21, 2018 9:51 AM CST
Name: Margaret
BC, Can.
Sounds like a good system you have Toni, that's another fine looking chicken. Too funny about the escapees. Rolling on the floor laughing

Here is an inexpensive plucker, saw something similar on a TV show I was watching recently, but it was homemade. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4BlXSxEbe8
Imagebillyporter
Dec 23, 2018 7:26 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
Margaret,
I have never seen a plucker and can't believe how well his worked! I remember Mom and Dad plucking by hand and when we got older we helped pluck the ducks Dad shot.
A small town has no secrets except itself
Imagemcash70
Dec 23, 2018 10:26 AM CST
Name: Margaret
BC, Can.
Sally, I watch the reality TV show "Alaska: The Last Frontier", and one couple had several chickens to pluck so he made something similar to the link I posted, and it worked really well. When I was a kid I remember my grandparents plucking chickens by hand, a few times Mom, sister and myself helped.
ImageSkiekitty
Dec 23, 2018 5:00 PM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro, Zone 5
Too many cats!!
#4 5lbs, 8oz processed.

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#5 5lbs, 1.5oz processed

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#6 5lbs flat processed

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#7 4lbs, 5oz processed

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Girls aren't as easy as boys. Its harder to dispatch and the feathering is thicker. Plus I'm actually finding small fat deposits. I won't do as many meaties in the future.. maybe 4 or 5 at a time. Freezer is getting full
Never be afraid of a scar. It just means that you were stronger than something that tried to hurt you.
My new Etsy shop - handmade jewelry by ME!! http://www.etsy.com/shop/OjodelGato
Buy some of my photos! http://www.catsonkeyboards.com
"I've seen better acting from extras in Godzilla movies!" - Calculon
Imagemcash70
Dec 23, 2018 6:47 PM CST
Name: Margaret
BC, Can.
Nice plump birds Toni, good job, bet it was hard work.
ImageMaryE
Dec 23, 2018 8:34 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Nice birds. They'll be tasty dinners!
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagebillyporter
Dec 26, 2018 12:10 PM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
Toni,
Those will be wonderful meals! Kudos to you for doing it yourself!
A small town has no secrets except itself
ImageSkiekitty
Dec 26, 2018 1:17 PM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro, Zone 5
Too many cats!!
I did #8 yesterday. 5lbs, 14oz dispatched, 4lbs, 10oz processed.

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3 more to go. I have one in the iso cage right now. I *hate* doing the iso cage. What you have to do is deny them food/water for at least 12 hours so that their digestive system cleans itself out. That way, when you eviscerate the bird, it doesn't contaminate the meat just in case something goes wrong. I don't want to be w/o food/water for that long and I *HATE* having to do that to them. I remember when I had my brain surgery. I went w/o food for 37 hours and fat people don't like to be starved. And all I was allowed was ice chips for water... nothing w/a straw because no sucking motion due to the holes in my head.
Never be afraid of a scar. It just means that you were stronger than something that tried to hurt you.
My new Etsy shop - handmade jewelry by ME!! http://www.etsy.com/shop/OjodelGato
Buy some of my photos! http://www.catsonkeyboards.com
"I've seen better acting from extras in Godzilla movies!" - Calculon
ImageMaryE
Dec 26, 2018 3:09 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Whole birds do take up more room in the freezer. You'll need to roast one soon.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
More ramblings at http://thegatheringplacehome.myfastforum.org/forum54.php

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