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    rest before piecing out?

    Mine are parted out when I butcher. They then rest in a cooler for a couple days and after that, it's into vacuum bags then the freezer.
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    another 'how much feed' question

    In my experience, you will feed them some where around 300 lbs of feed.
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    Bleach or No Bleach?

    I bleach and rinse almost everything before butchering. But, I can't even imagine putting bleach in cooling water. Part of the idea of raising chickens is getting away from chemicals. Use standard hygiene common sense and you'll be fine.
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    For those of you that butcher CX at 8 weeks....

    I don't weigh my birds so I can't answer your question.
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    For those of you that butcher CX at 8 weeks....

    About 300 pounds of 20% for 25 birds, fed 24/7.
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    Tips for the beginer meatie raiser

    Freedom Rangers do NOT mature in 8 weeks. In my experience, it's closer to 12 weeks, and there is significant variability in their weights. Call me crazy, but starting the chicks is really easy. Do you have access to a feed store? If not, you can certainly order online. You really only need a...
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    Tips for the beginer meatie raiser

    It's not hard, so don't sweat it too much. It's easy to get over whelmed so maybe it'll help to think of this as 3 different processes: 1) Chick arrival to moving to coop; (2) Raising them in the coop and (3) butchering. Each process has different needs. The baby chicks need a confined space...
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    Freedom rangers?

    I've raised about 75 or 100 FR's. I've raised about the same amount of X-rocks. I prefer x-rocks over FR's because x-rocks grow bigger and quicker on less feed and they tend to mature about the same time.
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    What to wrap them in

    I let my "rest" in a large cooler filled with bags of ice. I do NOT put the birds in anything while they are resting. Personally, I am afraid of using a garbage bag because they are not manufactured to come in contact with food.
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    Join them or separate them???

    Separate is best.
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    Shrink Bags

    Remember, what you package your birds with is in contact with what you eat. I would only use food grade plastic for bagging my birds.
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    How do you bag your meat birds?

    I've been wondering about using butcher paper. Has anyone tried it?
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    How do you bag your meat birds?

    I quarter my chickens into thighs, legs and wings. They are then placed into vacuum bags that are cut to fit the different parts.
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    Blood and Feathers

    I let them rest for a couple days then vacuum seal 'em. In the past, I put them in the fridge for resting but my last batch I put in a LARGE cooler in garage covered with ice. It worked OK but even though I drained the water several times a day, chickens on the bottom got water logged. I'm...
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    Blood and Feathers

    It all depends on where you live. I leave the blood and feathers where they drop. Chickens and dogs eat the blood and I the feathers eventually disappear. There really isn't that much blood, even with 25 chickens. If you don't want to leave the feathers just rake 'em up in a bag.
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    light and feed questions for Cornish Cross

    Good gosh Alex, you are making this waaaay to difficult <lol> Feed them around 20% protein. Feed them 24/7 up until the night you butcher them. They don't move around a lot so they don't need a lot of space. I can't say exactly how much space per bird but I'm sure others can. Don't worry about...
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    anyone quarter up there cornish cross meaties

    This is almost exactly the way I butcher them, except no broth and I throw the carcasses to the wild animals.
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    Beginner questions

    When I first started with meat birds, I went with x-rocks. But after several batches, I got tired of their messiness so I went with Freedom Rangers. Finding the FR's to far less efficient at feed conversion (i.e. much more expensive to raise), I just switched back to x-rocks. For me, the secret...
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    Beginner questions

    Cornish cross are not "normal" chickens so they don't need "normal" chicken habitats. Here are my suggestions: Don't put down a wood floor. Just use pine shavings, and LOTS of them, on the dirt. These birds poop a lot and they are messy with their water. Your space is fine They will not go...
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    Anyone used this plucker?

    I use a cheaper version of this to hold my drill with the plucker attached:
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