I have mixed mutts and we are looking for TWO things..

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Momagain1, Sep 1, 2011.

  1. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    we were given these birds...when they were about 2 weeks..
    but since they are mixed breeds..I'm not even sure they'd be worth it to send to freezer camp...??

    We have several roos and several hens..but I have enuf' egg hens..

    these are about oh...4 months now..give or take a week..when can we freezer camp them?
    they are doing nothing but eating!

    These are def. not meat birds..BUT I cant even call them dual purpose birds..

    If we butchered them, do you think it would be worth it to do it? I can maybe
    boil the birds, pick the meat off and then take the broth and can it..

    WDYT? or is it just not worth it? I'd hate to kill them for no reason..??

    AND TWO:

    PLEASE anyone semi local that dcan come over and help us do the first butchering??
    we are in central IL...

    we have no equipment either..gonna have to make it easy and cheap to do...
     
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  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    All I have for "equipment" is a good sharp knife, a freezer, a weapon (you can use an axe or tree loppers or such) and a building and rope to hang the bird from. [​IMG]


    I send all mine to "freezer camp." That way I or the dogs can enjoy them weeks later.



    To me, even if it is some skinny production bird, meat is meat and still worth it, especially if you have dogs. What I do is hang them, cut the head off, skin them, then bag and freeze them.
     
  3. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    what age would you freezer camp yours?? if you had mixed breeds...
     
  4. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    5 months and up. Some faster growing breeds can be done even at 4 months. If I want to enjoy something tender, I usually butcher a bird at 4-6 months, and mark the bag as "young" to tell it apart from, say, the birds in the freezer who are 7 months to 4 years old.
     
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    Edwards' East of Eden Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. KenK

    KenK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2011
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  7. kfacres

    kfacres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what do you call central IL?

    Any chicken can be butchered and consumed... the only difference is the ammount of meat one may have on it...

    I see no reason you couldn't butcher your birds
     
  8. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    Quote:yeah I had already checked it..no one local...

    central IL -- we are 1/2 hr north of Spfld..
     
  9. kfacres

    kfacres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:yeah I had already checked it..no one local...

    central IL -- we are 1/2 hr north of Spfld..

    what town... last time I checked, I was only 70 miles NW of Springfield... I bet that's more local than most people on here are...
     
  10. KenK

    KenK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2011
    Georgia
    I agree that it would be nice to find someone to help and show you how to do it. However; you can figure it out yourself with some of the great posts here. "Frugal" has step by step instructions that I think are in one of the stickies and "Booker81". has detailed instructions with photos posted somewhere.
     
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