Blue/Black/Splash Orpingtons - It's what's for dinner

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by MissPrissy, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I culled 13 extra cockerals yesterday.

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    2 buffs

    2 blues

    3 splashes

    3 blacks

    3 very dark blues

    The meat on these birds is rather thin breasted but the thighs are thick. They will make nice fryers.

    We didn't weigh them all live weight but I was curious when I skinned out a couple of the more well feathered birds. Some of the pelts on these beauties (skin and feathers) weighed in at 2 pounds or more. They had some really gorgeous plumage.
     
  2. Just-Like-Hatching

    Just-Like-Hatching Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like a slaughter took place at your place. I am sure they will be delicous. Just hope you have a plucker. I hate to pluck chickens.
     
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    No. I skinned them out. Quick and easy. Took about 45 min with 2 of us dressing them.
     
  4. Just-Like-Hatching

    Just-Like-Hatching Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Now thats what I am talking about. I will choose skinning over plucking any day. But, I did just order the Whizbang Plucker plans.
     
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I did a ram lamb myself Saturday, too. Check my website link for the details on that dispatch.
     
  6. Just-Like-Hatching

    Just-Like-Hatching Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I grew up on a ranch in Texas and we saughtered a lot of critters, plus I love to hunt so the process doesn't bother me any. Just make sure you salt the hide as soon as you can if you are going to have it tanned. Looks like you did a great job though.
     
  7. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I am taking it to the taxidermist today. They told me not to salt it just freeze it.
     
  8. halo

    halo Got The Blues

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    How old were these guys?

    I have got to learn how to do this. I love the idea of skinning them, too. Seems like it would be a lot faster.

    Do you ever save the feathers for things like pillows?
     
  9. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    Looks like you had a lot of work to do. Do you know how much they weighed?
     
  10. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    WOW these look good I can't wait to go see your website about the sheep. This summer I helped with cornish X's and we did not skin but plucked. I have also helped with three sheep this summer on the farm I worked on.

    Henry
     

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