Chronicles of Raising Meat Birds - Modern Broilers, Heritage and Hybrids

jolenesdad

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Lost a Imperial to a hawk today. I wasn’t home to see what kind it was. I’ve got a red shoulder hawk that hangs out all the time around the chickens so I doubt it was that. The red tails don’t leave as many feathers they usually take off with them so I’m thinking Cooper’s hawk. I’m thinking northern migration is starting. You can see the fairy ring layout of the feathers in a circle


since I take these for usda processing I never get photos of the feathers but thought it was interesting to note the white underfluff of these birds that must be what helps them have such clean carcasses when processed.


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LilyD

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Lost a Imperial to a hawk today. I wasn’t home to see what kind it was. I’ve got a red shoulder hawk that hangs out all the time around the chickens so I doubt it was that. The red tails don’t leave as many feathers they usually take off with them so I’m thinking Cooper’s hawk. I’m thinking northern migration is starting. You can see the fairy ring layout of the feathers in a circle


since I take these for usda processing I never get photos of the feathers but thought it was interesting to note the white underfluff of these birds that must be what helps them have such clean carcasses when processed.


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Oh no that's not good hopefully he is full now and moves on soon.
 

jolenesdad

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I'm sorry about losing the Imperial. It's hard to imagine a hawk carrying off such a large chicken.
Right now they’re about 4.5 lbs I’d guess I need to weigh them tomorrow.

flock dynamics are so interesting. These birds are the most active free rangers I’ve raised out of all the birds this year, notably different than even the last batch. They’re no different than a group of 7-8 week old heritage birds with their desire to be out and about. I’m actually fairly shocked with so many of them out in the open pretty much all the time that I haven’t had more losses.
 

aart

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i just cooked a 5 lb frozen bird in the instant pot. FROZEN! It was delicious.

OMG @aart you’ve been talking pressure cooking forever I should have listened then.

no muss. No fuss. Delicious. I’m already making a broth that I’ll also have finished tonight. Bam!

:drool
I wouldn't know how to use an 'instant pot'...all those buttons scare me.
...and I always thaw first.
but glad you've been successful and are 'fat/dumb/happy' (lingo for for too full of good food.)
 

Molpet

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I wouldn't know how to use an 'instant pot'...all those buttons scare me.
...and I always thaw first.
but glad you've been successful and are 'fat/dumb/happy' (lingo for for too full of good food.)
I put frozen parts in with water, push poultry (default is 20 minutes), make sure the release is on pressure...walk away... After it times out I wait at least 10 minutes before releasing pressure... usually I come back hours later and it's on warm and steam all released
 

Morrigan

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What else do you add to the pressure canner/instant pot when you are making your chicken dinner?

My husband, who cooks almost all the meat in the house, is anti instant pot. He thinks it's kinda of gimmicky -- maybe it is all those buttons. We do have an old fashioned pressure cooker, though. I'd like to try chicken and dumplings with an older hen this year. I'm thinking that might be a good candidate for the pressure cooker. Either that, or I might sneak off and buy an instant pot when my husbands not looking.
 
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