Just had my Jumbo Cornish Processed (Lessons)

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by bgates1970, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. bgates1970

    bgates1970 Out Of The Brooder

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    I just had my first batch processed which ended up being a great learning experience. Some of the information I got on BYC.

    First off, I never realized that I should have booked it in advance. I guess I assumed it would be easy to find someone which turned out to be a bad assumption. I called the week before only to have the butcher (Dennison Meats, Dennison, MN) say they were booked until the end of June. With my birds at 8 weeks I was in panic mode. They were nice in recommending another butcher (Kenyon Meats, Kenyon, MN) who booked me the following week. My birds ended up dressing out at an average of about 6 lbs. 9 birds in the 6 lb range and 4 under 5 lbs. Is that good? Total Cost: $3/bird (bagged and freezed)

    While waiting in line several people were amazed at their size and wanted to know what I fed them. I fed them Purina Start & Grow for the first 3 weeks. Then switched them to Nutrena Meatbird for weeks 4-9.

    The butcher did commend me on the quality of the birds. He said the dressed out really nice. Not sure what that means. He too asked what I fed them.

    Lessons Learned:
    - Call the butcher in the third or fourth week of getting the chicks. Next time I'm going to book two dates to drop off the biggest ones the first week then fatten the remaining ones to butcher the following week.
    - Have your mind made up of how you want them processed. Fortunately, a nice lady in line explained to me some options. I thought it would be easiest just to bag and freeze them whole. Well I doubt my family will be able to eat a 6 lb chicken. I wish I would've had them halved which cost $.25 more.
    - Make room in your freezer the night before. I was fortunate that I gave away a couple birds to neighbors in a barter/trade. One neighbor gave me shingles and helped install them on my coop. The other helped me put the run/fence up. They got the 5 lbs. [​IMG]

    Anyway, the first one (which my son named Fats Domino) is going to be smoked and eaten on Saturday. He dressed out at about 6.5 lbs. I can't wait!
     
  2. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    Wow, I just wish we had options like that. It costs me around $7 per bird and a 4 hour round trip drive. Then, we can only get them whole, bagged and chilled and it's illegal for me to freeze them. It's a royal PITA to sell birds here.
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I bet your birds looked good to them because they probably see the results of others who may not have taken as good or careful care of the birds that are bought to them otherwise.

    Good work!
     
  4. bgates1970

    bgates1970 Out Of The Brooder

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    Since I'm a newbie I don't feel comfortable being critical of others. However, the lady in front of me had 100 birds. Her biggest was as big as my smallest. She asked what I fed them so I shared. They didn't look as plump and lively as my birds.

    The lady behind me showed up with two roosters that were probably a year old (I didn't want to eat one of them). I was sort of concerned that my birds would get swapped out with someone elses even by accident. She told me not to worry because by law they can't mix birds up. Not sure if it's a law but just wouldn't be right.

    The butcher told me the process and how they eliminate any mix ups. So I know I got my birds. After Fats Domino bit me a couple times I reassured my son that, yes, we'll eat him first.
     
  5. chad

    chad Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Last time I had a batch of birds done there was a guy there with his first 25-30 birds. He transported them to the facility jammed all together in those big Rubbermaid plastic totes. With the covers snapped down. Then duct-taped shut.

    He only lost two to suffocation, but good Lord, how dumb do you have to be? I'm sure your birds are lovely, bgates, but the bar may not be very high, ya know? [​IMG]
     
  6. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    What a great feeling! I normally process my own...but this year has been so busy...I just never found the time. So, I too took mine to a processor...well..sorta! LOL I found an Amish farm..that processed mine for $1.50 each. Only thing is...I had to have ice and coolers..they dont bag em. Just do it as you waite. They were the nicest people I have ever met.Super friendly, very talkative...and inquisitive. The "mom" ( she was about 70ish) said several times how "pretty these birds dressed out" Because of my lack of time...they were about 10 weeks old...and all 21 of them dressed between 6 and 10 pounds! I am going to put one in the rotisserie for Sunday dinner. Yummmmmmm.
     
  7. Farmer Gab

    Farmer Gab Out Of The Brooder

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    I am new to meat birds...we have layers. But, I thought you aren't supposed to feed Purina Start & Grow to meat birds? I don't have a bag now, but I thought even the bag is printed with that warning. Am I wrong?

    Thanks,

    Gabrielle
     

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