Last year I bought free range/pastured, processed frozen chickens from a CSA in Big Lake. I thought it was a fabulous deal at $90.00 for 8 birds. Sadly I wrote them this year to see if they were doing chickens again and they said not this year, they would have to work out some kinks and maybe try again in the future. I wish I could find another outfit doing that. I got 4 birds in July, and 4 in October. That might be something you could think about doing Ralphie. ooooorrrrr Anybody out there do a chicken CSA? Or know someone who does something like that? Basically I signed up and I paid them in February for the chickens, and picked them up later after they were ordered, raised, and processed.
I guess I could dip my foot in the pool at Ralphies processing class if the invite is still out. I remember as a kid being involved in that with my aunts chickens, mom put us to work plucking pin feathers, probably cause we had small hands (no child labor laws back then). I didn't mind so much, because they weren't my pets I guess. I really should do it. I guess i'm kinda a big chicken... But, PM me when you have the details about your day Ralphie, I'll have to grow a pair! It is a skill I would like to learn, as someday I may need it if SHTF. Which is the same reason I do a garden, and raise chickens for eggs. reading about bee keeping yes, i'm a tin hatter. My husband said that menards has a bee keeping set up. and i've also seen them at fleet farm. I did get my first book about bee keeping in the mail yesterday, time to start reading!
sshhhh,,,delete those amounts we dont want Ralphie raising his prices,,, lol....but I did just make my last bird tonight for dinner and it was over 8 lbs..