Originally Posted by dheltzel
The females are much larger and the males have a frightened, but determined, look in their face . . .
that is funny!....
I did think that they were sexed by their color & size...I have seen green & brown ones(green-females/brown-males)....am I way off on this thinking?...
Originally Posted by wingstone
Well, my technique is usually yelling at hubby to get off his butt and keep the assembly (or disassembly in this case) line moving.....he hangs, scalds and plucks, and then puts them in a cooler or ice water...I hate when I open the cooler and it is empty while he is sitting on a bucket watching me.
hahaha...just picturing this...hahaha
Originally Posted by fisherlady
LOL... I am picturing this!
Our process is usually both catch, hang and cut.... then prewash (not always a needed step) and scald and pluck the first 3 or 4 which go into the chill water... then DH continues with the catching and dispatching while I start the butchering/cleaning/gutting/cutting up. When he gets done with whatever number we are doing for the day he goes into clean up mode while I continue with the butchering. He usually has all of the clean up and putting away done about the time that I am almost done with the gutting and quartering. He then helps with the rest of the cutting up and storage arrangements. We aren't super speedy, but we can get it done pretty efficiently now after having done it so many times.
You have got that system down!! Team work, when everyone does their part, it is amazing how quickly/efficiently things get done!! So nice to hear when other couples can enjoy their projects together!
DH & I work very well together, especially when he listens ....I know we only have a couple birds to process this year, but we are excited about learning this new process together. Next year I expect our CornishX numbers will increase!
We both hunt/fish, so being involved in the processing of animals is not new, but neither of us have the "chicken experience"...DH has done many duck/goose, so that knowledge will be helpful.
**Blarney- The Cornish will be 8 weeks this Friday...going to weigh them Thursday. Depending on where they are at, we may give them another week. Oh, yeah...the whole "smell" thing I will not miss. I rake their area out every week, add sod & or grass clippings as bedding, that has helped considerably..cannot imagine what it would be like if I didn't......
The heat does make them a bit more uncomfortable, we have a tarp over their area most of the time now...
As far as the turkey goes...I agree it is most likely calling for Hen-Bree, she was totally DONE with the mom thing...but that turkey was not ready for her to go. The two meats have absolutely -interest in turkey, sometimes they will lay together, but mostly they ignore it.
As i see- The peeping is the only draw back from having Hen-Bree raise them...I would do it again that way in a heart beat!! She did all the work, no heat lamp..no chicks in the house- very,very nice!!