Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by hellbender, Dec 27, 2013.

  1. Beer can

    Beer can Chicken Obsessed

    Aug 12, 2014
    Upstate NY
    Northern Tool has a hand grinder with a big v-belt pulley you can use as a hand grinder with the attached handle or add a motor with a belt. I think the problem with hand grinders is not what they can grind, but what you can fit in them. I don't know if that one could handle big parts without busting and cutting them down first. The small hand grinder I use for fish, fish bones are small, has a little trouble sucking down whole bluegills, but they would be easy to chop smaller. Once I get them into it they grind easy.
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  2. LindaB220

    LindaB220 Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 23, 2013
    Portland/Vancouver area

    I gave my youngest DD 36 yo a Christmas basket with yeast bread flour, silicone mat and a pan. She finally got around to attempting it and SO and son killed it in about six hours. Her first. This is after they came in from making their very first snowman. Ha. We haven't had 5" in 15 yrs. Joyful day for them.
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  3. RedRidge

    RedRidge Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2013
    Italian maremma are lgds. We have five and couldn't run this place without them, they are awesome with both sheep and poultry.
    BSF is black soldier fly larvae. We set bait buckets out each spring and harvest the eggs. The starter eggs each spring go into our bin. When crawl of begins, a percentage of the daily crawl off gets frozen for feeding the coming winter. BSF are extremely high in not only protein but calcium, so we don't feed them to chicks, only those already laying. We feed them by weight (yes I can tell you how many larvae are in a lb), so that the winter ration is nutritionally balanced. I'm anal about keeping my rations balanced for the seasons.
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  4. Tammylr

    Tammylr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 3, 2015
    North carolina
    My lab is good with the big chickens but chicks still look like snacks. My Bassett hound however is the worst chicken dog ever! He can't stand it! He just has to sniff and chase the chickens. Same with the cat, he just has to chase the cat!
  5. DesertChic

    DesertChic Overrun With Chickens

    Nov 13, 2014
    Southern Arizona
    All this talk about meat grinders is feeding into my power tool obsession. I think I now know what I want for my birthday. break the news to my husband. [​IMG]
  6. gevshiba

    gevshiba Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 3, 2012
    Should be an easy sell. Does he hunt? Or, if you buy meat, you can buy in bulk and grind your own burger. It saves money.
  7. DesertChic

    DesertChic Overrun With Chickens

    Nov 13, 2014
    Southern Arizona hunting (yet), though we do own a lot of guns, and he does keep me well supplied with power tools for all my carpentry work. He also bought me a small meat grinder that goes on my mixer, but I'll definitely need something more industrial to grind up bones. I'm a very lucky woman. He's a very supportive husband. [​IMG]
  8. Gramma Chick

    Gramma Chick Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 19, 2012
    Jordan New York
    if you mix it with bread cubes ...they should ...I treat my chickens with bread & add stuff good for them ..
    Like Raw veges this time of year ...Moistened with yougurt or Milk ...whey is similar
  9. hellbender

    hellbender Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 2, 2013
    Grinder's Switch
    My family worked for years, crossing Australorps over NN/Turkens. It was always A. over NN. That's the way my parents and grand parents did it and when we took over the place, we did it the same. This produced a very large hardy bird that laid very well and would do so right through the winter months. We never used the A X NN cross that were feather neckned in the breeding program but did use them in egg production and we never used the F-1 NN cockerels in the breeding program either but the F-1 NN hens were used and covered with pure Australorp cocks.

    Nothing scientific about is just the way we did it.

    Since our thrust has changed from egg production to meat, we've begun to cross Buckeye cocks over NN hens. The first of the progeny arrived not long ago by way of a precocious Buckeye pullet who hatched 6 of 8 Buck. over NN eggs. These are planned for meat production and they look and feel to have the makings of a large framed yet heavy bird and of course the jury is still out on these.

    Sorry, this is not very scientific...just following 'family tradition' but so far it shows glimmers of hope.

    I'm sure others can speak to this with far more scientific terms and perhaps crush, in theory, what seems to be working for us...

    Good luck with what ever you might be getting into.
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  10. holm25

    holm25 Jr Chicken Wrangler

    Apr 6, 2014
    Does anyone cross with Welsummers roos to get there DP birds and if you do would you recommend using them to cover Black Australorps, Brahma, Barred Rock or NH

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