Is anyone else feeling *REALLY* happy to be raising their own chickens right now?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Elke Beck, Oct 9, 2013.

  1. Elke Beck

    Elke Beck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup, not only has Foster Farms distributed chickens contaminated with Salmonella, but it is an antibiotic resistant strain, too. Boy, am I glad I have a freezer full of homegrown, antibiotic free chicken right now.

    We should not have to put on a HAZMAT suit in order to make dinner! That is just not right.

    I will never be able to beat the price of factory farm chickens, but I know that my chickens are safe to serve my family!
     
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  2. mrchicks

    mrchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had not heard about Foster Farms, how awful. And thank you for posting this!

    I've been very relieved that we have our homegrown chickens in the freezer too, ever since reading that US chickens are going to be processed in China then sent back and sold as a product of the US. Somehow I don't think that is going to end well.
     
  3. kirras

    kirras Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow! I didn't know about the china thing or Salmonella! So happy I have a freezer full of homegrown chicken! My Mother in law thinks I'm crazy for butchering my own chickens!
     
  4. mrchicks

    mrchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My son (that laughed at me about my chickens) called to ask how many chickens I have in the freezer when the news came out about the China processing. It got the USDA's approval a few weeks ago. Somehow I went from crazy chicken mom to supplier of safe chicken for his family. [​IMG]
     
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    AK Baha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of the things that got me raising my own birds.Got a whole chicken from the store,cut it in half and found a large yellow mass in the breast. Smelled real bad too!! Have no idea what it was but I for one do not want to eat things I have not grown or harvested.
     
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  6. mrchicks

    mrchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We were already raising our chickens and buying our other meats from local sources when we watched Food, Inc. It really pushed us to find more local sources, and raise more of our own foods. It's frightening to see what we are really are getting from processed foods these days.
     
  7. mrchicks

    mrchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh yuck! And that passed inspection. Disgusting.
     
  8. MunchiesChicks

    MunchiesChicks Out Of The Brooder

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    I finally was able to get chickens this year and I know at least my family is eating well when it comes to chicken and eggs. I know my chickens, what they eat, what they drink, if they've been sick or injured. Sometimes when money is tight I will process a chicken or make something with eggs. It's given my girls an experience of being self sufficient and knowing it's hard work.
     
  9. mrchicks

    mrchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's a really good thing! I was shocked to find out that my sister's kids had no idea that beef came from cows. They just thought it came from the store, in neat little packages. Most people are so far removed from the farm that they just don't know.
    Yes, it's a lot of work, but I feel better knowing that I am feeding my family safe, healthy foods.
     

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