Is anyone out there from southwest Virginia...specifically Christiansburg/Blacksburg/Radford or Montgomery/Floyd/Pulaski Counties?
I have 35 Buff Orpingtons I bought as day-old chicks from a hatchery that I am raising for meat. But, they are still very scrawny. I was thinking about cross-breeding them and was looking for someone local.
I live 30 min south of Christiansburg and 30 min north of Floyd.
I am new to the area. We moved here last year after 26 years in the Marine Corps. I am looking for a little advice on my chickens and maybe connect with locals who share similar interests. We are trying to build a small, self-reliant homestead from scratch. So far we are cutting down our pine trees and milling them into useful lumber, raising chickens, raising pigs, and hoping to get into goats, vegetable garden, and fruit trees in the next year or so. It's a lot of work, but also lots of fun, too.
Hello!!! At what age do u plan on processing your birds? We raise dual purpose chickens also. Our Roos are butchered between 5 and 6 months. A week before we process I take them off feed and give them nothing but scratch grains and lots of fresh water. Completely dressed they usually weigh around 6 to 7 pounds. I just processed 2 orps yesterday that were 6.2 and 6.5. Dual purpose chickens take longer to grow out but they are definitely worth it.