Originally Posted by jcatblum
Peeps so glad to hear you sampled some of your extras! And even though you love your birds they can still taste good. I know you are in a more expensive cost of living area -- but $5 sounds high to have each bird processed. Think $2-$3 is what I see normally. $10-$12 for ducks. But a guinea is more like a chicken than a duck.
How old were the Roos you used? I have a batch hatching next wk that will be for meat--- may take a few pretty hens for keeps, but candler the other night & have 47 eggs should hatch around the 23rd. Figure come Feb I hope to have 2-3 dz for my freezer. Will prob offer someone to split them with me. You do the dirty work & keep half the birds-- I imagine when you factor in feed it won't be any cheaper than paying someone, but makes me feel like I am not spending as much!!!
Edited by PeepsCA - 10/11/11 at 4:13pm
Why is processing ducks more expensive that other similar sized poultry in your area? Ducks have guts, heads, feet and feathers just like a chicken or a Guinea does, lol.
I could not have done the processing myself... cuz I raised these guys from eggs, that came out of adult birds that I raised from keets, (and come when I call them!) ack... that part is what gets to me!
I thought $5 per bird for processing was a pretty decent price tho, lol, considering they contained the mess and took the nasty stuff home with them, and I didn't have to touch any of it I didn't even have to watch the yucky parts, I just handed them 2 birds at a time and wandered off til the yuck was over with, lol. I wouldn't exactly call the expenses of the way I hatched, raised and fed them up to the point of processing as being profitable at all, but I can definitely chalk it up to one of life's experiences, lol.
The Roos were all between 4 and 5 months old (and all pretty much somewhere between 2.1lbs and 2.5lbs after processing... I think the biggest bird was maybe 2.7lbs). The lighter feathered birds were "prettier" after being processed, the darker birds had dark pigmented skin on their legs and upper breast area that was kind of weird/gross looking, even after they were cooked, lol (those went in the crockpot!).
But yah... they were tasty. I'd rather eat a Turkey tho , but it is nice to know that if I end up stuck with too many birds to feed I can have them "processed", keep a few and still sell them for $25-$30 each processed (I usually get $25 for adult Hens and $20 for adult males (alive) as I thin out my flocks at the end of the year anyway) .
Pics below... you don't have to look if you don't wanna. (I didn't take any pics of the processing part, no worries, lol).
Here's 3 of them ready to go in ziplocks and then into the fridge for 48 hrs, (yes I zitpied their lil legs together, they were stickin out in every direction from just being tossed into the icechest lol). You can see the dark skin I was talking about on the bird in the middle, kinda weird to me, and just yucky, lol:
Here's the 2 smallest birds in the crockpot with my home grown herbs and some chicken broth (store bought broth, lol) Crummy cellphone pic:
And here's the 4 that we stuffed and roasted in the oven (we used Reynolds crockpot bags, lol). This pic was from right before I put them in the oven. No spices or butter added (other than what was in the cornbred stuffing), we wanted to see how they'd turn out with just minimal effort in our part. They turned out really tender and moist... and yummy (Actually all 6 birds did!)