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. Bens-Hens

    Bens-Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    I just watched lots of video's and read a few articles. Some swear by some ways, others different and I chose one that I feel was best. Once they are gone the processing is pretty much the same. I chose to use the cone and bleed method.

    Oz, how is the next batch coming along? Are there some eggs in there now or are you waiting until you head over yourself? I have lost track of where you are up to in the grand plan.
  2. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    there are 35 eggs in the bator. a similar number will go in tomorrow.

    these are the chicks for the chicken mission give away.

    they will be newborns when i get over there and I am using them to teach bernie how to vaccinate for fowl pox.
  3. Bens-Hens

    Bens-Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ah yes, now I recall. SOrry for making you repeat yourself, been a hectic couple of weeks in our place!
  4. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    no worries.

    you definitely have been busy. your chicks look great
  5. Tomtommom

    Tomtommom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 14, 2013
    Montevallo, AL
    We tried to bleed our rooster and fiance had trouble cutting things properly (rooster kept pulling his head in like a turtle) so instead of what one would expect to be gushing it was dripping... for half an hour. Talk about agonizing. Dang rooster stared him down the whole time too. [​IMG] Poor guy is pretty traumatized.. if there's ever a next time he wants the cone and make it quick.
  6. Sweetpea3829

    Sweetpea3829 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 1, 2013
    I am fairly positive that we will NEVER EVER EVER process birds on my property. Ever. It's not the bleeding that bothers me. It's the I'm pretty sure I would be a sobbing mess. Especially with the death flap thing.


    Now my husband has no problem with it...and I'm pretty sure he could do it just fine. But I don't even want to risk having to see them flap. I just can't.

    So we sent our last batch of boys over to the Mennonite neighbor. He was processing a bunch of his own birds and just added in our three. He has a handy chicken de-featherer thing, too. It did leave a few stubs on there though.

    Which leads me to a question...

    Hubby and I have long disputed the merits of eating chicken skin. I love me a nice piece of crispy skin. Hubby thinks it's entirely gross to eat the skin. Unsanitary. After getting back my home grown boys...and seeing the stubble...I'm kind of leaning that way right now, lol.

    Eating the skin...yay or nay???
  7. hotrodflash

    hotrodflash Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2012
    East Texas
    YAY, YAY, YAY for the skin. I rarely eat fried food but a piece of fried chicken is pretty close to nirvana.
  8. GhislaineDel

    GhislaineDel Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2012
    New England
    Crispy skin right of a roast chicken gets a YAY From me, otherwise I don't really care.
  9. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Crispy skin from roast chicken is to DIE for! :drool Just not from any of my chickens.... I like the way their skin holds the feathers when they run around in my yard (except when it doesn't, during moulting).
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2013
  10. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member


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