Originally Posted by Beekissed
Well...got my chicken killin' done for the season and am just finishing up the canning. Not a bad turn out, all the cockerels had tons of fat, not something I'm used to seeing on roosters, especially free range. This cockerel band ate almost entirely off of range and lived out in the honeysuckle thicket, only came into roost...to be this fat on foraged foods speaks highly of their foraging ability and the availability and quality of our range.
A total of 37 qts of chicken from 10 roosters, packed tight, and three qts. of squirrel. I added some fat and organs to the jars of squirrel to give them some more fats in the broth. Should all be excellent eating...clean, young, flavorful meat.
The new pup looked pretty gory, with blood spattered all over his head and face...that greedy thing gulped 7 chicken legs, four heads and licked up all the blood. Now, that's what I call feeding raw! Old Jake only got one leg.
The house smells of chicken stock and it feels good to have all that meat stored back for the winter. I still have plenty of jars from last year so I have a goodly amount of chicken on the shelf....12 qts from last year at current counts, 2 qts of rabbit, 12 qts. of deer, 1 qt. of squirrel already on the shelves. That gives me a total of 67 qts. of various meats on the shelf after tonight's canning, taken right off this land.
Considering Mom and I aren't real big meat eaters(maybe once a week in the winter, less in the warm months), that's a full on plenty and should be enough to feed any family and company who come to call or to share with the same.
Y'all don't know what you are missing if you aren't eating your own home raised meats...there's nothing to compare with them in any store. So much flavor, so very healthy and organic....and so very cheap.
WOW that made alot of jars! impressive! poor old JAKE!! I would love some canning tips any time you have time! This was my first MEAT canning and it was a success but omg I read about failures, now I know why nana only did veggies and stuff, the hot water boils! lol but I was lucky I do my homework FIRST I guess! lol but seriously can we get into a discussion when you have time? my pressure canner was amazing, but I pressure cook all the time, so that helped I guess I wasnt afraid of the thing in the least! I just wish I had two of them! it would help to get things done quicker, and I wish I had my old coal cookstove at my X's I miss that thing NOW!!!!
Originally Posted by Beekissed
WOW!!! Those roosters look better than anything I've ever seen in regards to WRs....who's line are those out of????
X2 WOW is an understatement!!! and 6 months???? seriously????
Originally Posted by Bubbles12345
aww no fair you guys.....*sniffle* I had some of the most broody breeds you can find (orpington, buff brahma) AND NONE OF THEM WENT BROODY!! I love hatching out chicks and i don't have an incubator, so that's the only way!! (i'm hoping my new batch of layer pullets are broodies!) my only silkie turned out to be a roo too...
an update on the roos I mentioned earlier: I gave them away with full disclosure of all their issues and the guy still wanted them, so he took those 2 roos and 12 of my spent laying hens. Thanks for the help everyone, and I'll probably come back if I have any more extra cockerels if as if mentioned before one of my pullets goes broody.
Bubbles there is nothing to make a coolerbator, and hatching chicks is such thrilling experience! you should do it, I am certain you would thoroughly ENJOY hatching chicks!!! and you have us to help you through, and I even can help you if you have questions on the build and incubating! I only offer that a few times on here ask anyone about silly sally
Originally Posted by chicken pickin
Your WRs look good! I just recently processed 5 of my extra BR makes, they were a great size and good eating, they were just over 5 months. I have 4 BR males left to give more time mature and will cull 2 of them around Christmas time ish, and save the other 2 for breeding. I'm looking forward to eventually processing some BR hens as well, they have large full breasts. My plan is to use my BRs as my main source of chicken meat.
Here are my current males
One day I would love to learn about canning chicken. My family doesn't raise their own food, fish or hunt, my dh and I are the only ones that do so we are learning as we go.
You must do it too, this was my first batch and I did it! who better to learn with, we have all the help we have here! it was easy!!! you need a pressure canner that holds quart jars. and some people to ask that will answer... and some meat..... what you waiting for??? oh and those birds were 5 months! I am sooo raising the wrong birds, I need to figure out what to switch out with soon!!!
WHICH REMINDS ME.....QUESTION TO ALLL.....
remember when I got the Cornish X 10 weeks ago, I got 8 bantam DARK CORNISH? How big should they get before I process them? at what age/weight I just started to let them out in the run as they had been picked on before. Now they can fend a bit.