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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    They were between 12 and 20 some odd weeks.

    Jared they were all near 10lbs.

    Henry, you should be my neighbor.
     
  2. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    Wow! 10 pounds! That's great! I wonder when they slow down? I know that Diesel weighed about 8 pounds at 24 weeks and he's slowed down quite a bit since then and at the time he was free ranging. Did you feed these cockerels meat bird feed or just what the other chickens ate?
     
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    They get flock raiser mixed with gamebird feed and cup of scratch. The rest is ranging for their feed. They eat really well.
     
  4. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    I was really impressed with the results of feeding flock raiser to my turkeys and ducks. I'm glad these cockerels turned out so nice for you.
     
  5. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Nice job! We did 12 cockerals, weight was 9 to 10 lbs. Same feed rations, they had nice fat deposits on them. We skinned all ours this time.
     
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Sandy, I think orpingtons are one of the best chickens for the table - thin breasted or not!

    I skinned these this time too.
     
  7. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    I was very surprised at the weight and breast size, these were pleasantly plump!. I figured under all those fluffy feathers would skin and bones. Going to skin all ours from now on, much quicker and easier. I'll use roasting bags when I bake.
     
  8. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

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    Miss P I sure need to make a trip to your house when you do some of the buthering of your birds. Sure would like to see how you are going about with it. So.....When is the next butchering day gonna be? I'll see if gumpsgirl can come with me. [​IMG]

    We are scheduled to process our cornish x in 3 weeks. help
     
  9. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    The saturday before Thanksgiving I will be doing a turkey some duck and a goose. The same as chickens. Come on and lend a hand.

    Look on my blog and you can see the ram lamb I did Saturday.
     
  10. lostsoulhelpmejebus

    lostsoulhelpmejebus Incubating Fool

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    Quote:Have you ever tried a turducken or variations upon it? I wanted to try it but was discouraged when I found out each one of the 3 birds has to be completely deboned...I am not THAT good...hehehe
     

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