Broiler Question

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by monarc23, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

    Jul 18, 2008
    Indiana, Pennsylvania
    hey all,

    I've never ever raised up broilers...but I've been seeing all of the posts and am interseted in trying to convince my parents to let me raise up some for the freezer.

    Since I live in PA however, and with fall knocking at the door, would it be plausable to get a good batch to raise them up and put them outside at likt 6 weeks old oooor no?

    I ask because theres no way that i'd be allowed to raise them up to HUGE 8 week old birdsin the house the smell alone would get THEM and ME thrown outside ha ha!!!

    So my question is, has any one have any experience with chucking broilers out in possible snowy conditions once they're 6 weeks old or am i out of my league here? And would it be smarter to wait until spring? [​IMG]

    Sorry im ignorant and new to the Broiler scene [​IMG]
  2. willheveland

    willheveland Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2008
    southern tier,NY
    I'm on the NY/PA border so my weather should be like yours,I just ordered a batch and the soonest I could get is a sept17 deliver date.It will be the latest I have ever done.I would have perfered late Aug. But everybody was booked out.(for cornish anyways)I think it will be pushing it,but i always wanted to see how they would grow in a colder time of the year.If you can get them soon(very soon) go for it. Will
  3. max13077

    max13077 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Will, for you, hopefully this year will be like the few previous with warmer autumns than normal.
  4. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    Now is the perfect time. Culling and processing in a PA November means
    no bugs and no sweating.

    Meyers is taking Cornish orders for the 15th of Sep. That means a Thanksgiving
    culling. That is perfect. Harvest time. [​IMG]
  5. willheveland

    willheveland Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2008
    southern tier,NY
    Quote:Max, That's right we share the same weather.Let's hope for an Indian Summer(I think they are called that).I used to hate when it was so hot for deer season you'd be in a t-shirt,sweating your butt off.That's when you get one 1 mile down over in a gulley.Chicken is so much easier and tastes better too.I just like shoot'in.
    Where are you in the finger lakes?I'm between Binghamton and Elmira on The ny/pa border. Will

    p.s. cute kids in the "got our toes wet" post.Your daughter dresses like mine in the morning.
  6. max13077

    max13077 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks for the cute kids kudos, but they’re my buddies. They are cute though, when their asleep…. [​IMG]


    That’s Nick, he’s 100% all boy. We cut the feet of one of the birds and I look up and here he is playing with the tendon making it clench up and let go. I had to laugh.

    Well, I live at the very south end of Skaneateles lake up on the east side hill. Scotts the name of the town. Though if you blink driving through you missed it. I love it. Wouldn’t trade it for anywhere(except maybe Alaska…).

    Been there for deer season. I quit a couple years ago. I do miss being in the woods. Those 70 degree days didn’t do a lot for deer movement as I remember.

    Sorry for hijacking the thread...:eek:
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2008
  7. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    I just got my 50 cornish last week. I ordered them from Hoovers Iowa. What a great place to deal with. They shipped them out Wednesday, I got them here in Indiana, Thursday. 52 live and happy chicks! And, a great deal...90 cents each...straight run...order over 50. I have them in a brooder in the coop...they are a week old, feathering out nicely..and in 2 weeks will be out in the sun. I say...go for it.
  8. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    I am in Central Va. I always get mine at the first of October. They really thrived last year in the cooler weather. I had huge healthy well feathered chickens. The very last to be processed where 12 weeks old. They weighed in at 10- 13 lbs each. They were delicious!
  9. chiknlady

    chiknlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2008
    SE PA
    My meat birds arrived at 4:30 this morning and they were shipped yesterday. I am figuring Halloween Weekend makes them 9 weeks. The weather should have a chill in the air and less mess and smell. This should also avoid the rainy chill of November in PA. I think you still have time--but plan ahead for what you think you can manage. Good luck!

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