Originally Posted by stake
Both my BOs make weird noises when they gobble food....sometimes they run to get a drink too....just pigs imho
..X's 2 on that!!! I was out earlier and gave them some bread..they don't get it often...and the partridge had taken so much, yes they were little pieces, that she had to stop and "work" it down her throat!!!..I could actually see her moving her neck muscles to get it worked down...crazy birds!!! honestly..what am gonna do if she can't, Chicken Heimlich???? and how in the world would or could THAT work???!!!!...She of course didn't learn a thing, went right back to hoggin' it down, trying to take it from everyone else!!
Originally Posted by stake
Wow, nobody has posted today...so I will....first, no baby chicks yet....and I made my first attempt and pickling peppers....4 pints and most of whats left of my hot peppers....Have a good day all...
Have never pickled/canned peppers...want to try to do those "Italian" ones in the oil.., but have been told it could be tricky...IDK...let us know how it goes/went..please
Originally Posted by fisherlady
Our meaties of choice were the Cornish, so processed before crowing. But all of the meat birds will crow when they hit puberty, some earlier than others, so you have to have a way of dealing with it if you want them to go longer for more size.
Yep, meat birds tend to stink, it is just a fact of life because of the amount of food they process through their systems. The smell can be greatly reduced through giving them room to range during the day on grass or wooded areas (spreading it out and exposing to fresh air and rain greatly reduces the smell) and a lot of folks feed them fermented food, to further reduce the amount of waste. But they are eating, growing and pooping machines, without a doubt. We keep ours on sand in the coop, so I raked their area every other day or sometimes daily, it helped greatly.
Timing is everything when it comes to meaties. You are right to figure warm weather when they are small and cold when it's time to butcher. But if you want a fall run of birds you have to figure the right breed to fit the time frame you want to use. I wouldn't go too late in the fall or you run the risk of inclement weather forcing the birds to hang out in a coop all day when they are full grown.
Awesome info!! thank you!!!..seriously something we are thinking of doing. With the prices of meat at the grocery store...it almost seems like a no-brainer! ..If we don't mind the smell...Off topic here....
We went to the festival saturday & a vendor was selling "stuff", flea market kinda things and I found a roll of welded wire 3' x 100' ( really small squares),brand new, they wanted $65.00 for it... got them talked down to $50.00!!!! Can't even believe it!!!
Now we can enclose the coop area with something that is small predator safe!!
Didn't think I would be able to do that for quite awhile knowing how crazy expensive that stuff is!! Now i realize 50.00 is a good bit of change, well...it is for me anyway, but we couldn't afford NOT to get it at that price!!! I am sooo stoked!!...just a little good news!!