Is it too late to raise meat birds before winter?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by lprofancik, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. lprofancik

    lprofancik Out Of The Brooder

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    I decided I wanted to jump on the meat bird band wagon a little late in the year. I have an order placed for some red broilers, but they won't ship for 2 more weeks. I was wondering if I should cancel the order and wait until next spring. I didn't want to keep them confined although I do have space if I have to. I guess I was more concerned about processing 20-25 chickens in mid-late December in Indiana. We can have days in the upper 50's, but more likely to be low 40's then. Any advice? Oh and we do have a large barn that I could open a garage door to and maybe do some of the work in there. Not sure.
     
  2. ChrisS

    ChrisS Out Of The Brooder

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    I'd say go for it. I'm new to chickens myself, but I read in a book somewhere that by week 4 or 5 they can withstand freezing temps.
     
  3. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    They for sure will do better now than they would have done over the summer with the heat.

    There is plenty of time to raise Cornish Cross and get them in the freezer before freezing weather. The red broilers take longer, though.

    To me, 40's or 50's is good processing weather. Not so much worry about working at high speed to get the meat chilled before it starts to spoil, and it's not steaming hot standing over the scalding water.
     
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Agree. This may be the best time of year.
     
  5. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    I don't think that it's too late. Now is a good time because as though it's getting cooler.
     
  6. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Now is the perfect time, you timed it just right, go for it. They will do so much better now than if you started 3 mo ago.
     
  7. cbohn80

    cbohn80 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    butchering is much better in colder weather, if you are worried about them not growing fats enough you might want to try ducks, many of them reach a mature size within just a few weeks(7-10)
     
  8. halo

    halo Got The Blues

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    Im getting 25 end of this month. I was even thinking about pushing it back another month, but I think end of Sept. will be fine.
     
  9. lprofancik

    lprofancik Out Of The Brooder

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    Yay! Thank you so much! I feel so much better now and we're excited to try our first batch of meat birds. Now to see if I can find someone that I can watch process chickens before I do if for the first time. [​IMG]
     
  10. Edwards' East of Eden

    Edwards' East of Eden Chillin' With My Peeps

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