Getting the flock out of here - a diary of a crazy chicken man

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ozexpat, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we have been going through 50lbs of layer & another 50lbs of finish pellets each week
    my wife has started to process our meat birds so soon there will be no need to purchase finish feed at all
    however we did find a few pullets who managed to pose as cockerels in with them
    i sold off 6 of them to a friend yesterday for $30 & i put a large black english orpington cockerel in with then for free
    i figured they needed a fella to watch over them
    not sure how pullets eating finishing feed will be affected so i kicked them out the door cheep
    i think they will come around once they get used to their new diet.

    i still have a few more if anyone is in new hampshire & needs cheep soon to be layers



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  2. GhislaineDel

    GhislaineDel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm in Vermont. If only I weren't allergic to chicken eggs! LOL Know anyone getting rid of quail hens?
     
  3. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how about chicken meat?
    these girls would love to start laying for you this winter
    you could incubate the eggs & have baby chicks running all over the place
    they are DP so they have a bunch of meat on them @ about 20 weeks
    good for filling the freezer :)





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  4. GhislaineDel

    GhislaineDel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very tempting, piglett. My husband and I have actually been talking about meat chickens. I think I'd need your wife to teach me how to process them too though!
     
  5. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we gave some hatching eggs to one of my co-workers
    out of 14 eggs he ended up with 11 buff orpington chicks
    he used a cheep (50 bucks) still air foam incubator & turned the eggs by hand 3 times a day
    still he ended up with a good hatch so it's not all that tough
    anyhow 5 turned out to be boys
    my wife & i came down to his place so we could teach him how to process them
    an hour later the job was all done
    he gave us 2 for the freezer & he kept 3 which was fine with us

    now how far away are you from Orford nh?
    a forum member that i know lives there, her name is Renie
    if your near you can probably get some great quality birds to start off with
    some of her imported english orpingtons are almost the size of a turkey
    no kidding, roosters up to 15lbs
    i have some from her & they are great eating
    we had one for Christmas dinner last year :)
    i learned how to process chickens from watching youtube
    lots of good info on there
    the more you do it the better you get at it
    the 1st one i did took 45 min.
    now i can do one in 15 min. & my wife is even faster
    so i let her do the processing for the most part
     
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  6. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oops double post :(
     
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  7. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    I am not too fast with chicken 20 mins but i can dispatch, process and quarter a goat or lamb in 30 mins or less

    We did our share when i was a lad
     
  8. lindz8504

    lindz8504 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. GhislaineDel

    GhislaineDel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've got three guineas in my coop that I need to process so YouTube will be my best friend that day! Scrub out the coop and I'll be ready for a trip to Orford. I'm up near Burlington but I've traveled that far for birds before. It'll probably be spring by then as there's a six month old baby, a four year old, and a workaholic husband in the mix. LOL Nothing happens fast around here!
     
  10. Tomtommom

    Tomtommom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I need some personal lessons on dispatching [​IMG] Our first and last one was a disaster.
     

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