dispatching last years hens...

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by JackieinYorktown, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. JackieinYorktown

    JackieinYorktown Out Of The Brooder

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    I have only 5 hens left from last springs order and have 25 new chicks soon to leave teh brooder house. Rather than merging the flocks, I am thinking that I would like to dispatch my older ones...
    Are they only good for stock at this point?
    THoughts?
     
  2. eKo_birdies

    eKo_birdies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what breeds are they?

    the crockpot is your friend.....!!!! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  3. hipeatall

    hipeatall Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2009
    If they are just a year they should still have alot of egg laying years left in them. Personally, I'd sell them on craigslist for about $10 or so each and save myself the trouble processing them for stew hens. [​IMG]
     
  4. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:1 year old healthy layers run $15 each around here.

    Matt
     
  5. JoAnn_WI_4-H_Mom

    JoAnn_WI_4-H_Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Every community is different. I cannot get any offers for stew hens here.

    I crock pot older birds and use the cooked meat in many dishes. It can take a while for an older bird.
     
  6. scubaforlife

    scubaforlife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you get about 2 years of good production from a hen. If you want to cull them, I would put them in a roasting pan at 250 for a few hours. Then pick the meat for some good pulled chicken to vacpak and freeze.
     
  7. terri9630

    terri9630 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:1 year old healthy layers run $15 each around here.

    Matt

    Layers go from $15-$20 around here. People will pay for a hen that will lay right away instead of waiting 4-5 months for them to start.
     
  8. eKo_birdies

    eKo_birdies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i just sold 6 11-month old layers for $25 a piece (4 RSLs and 2 EEs).
     
  9. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    Quote:I would merge the flocks because I would not want to be out of eggs.

    Once the chicks are laying, then decide what to do with the older girls. A 2 year old hen still lays and many people will pay for them.


    But that is just me. [​IMG]
     
  10. eenie114

    eenie114 Completly Hopeless

    Only a year old? They've got a lot of laying to do still! You can send 'em to me, if you want. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

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