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Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Rudibell, Jul 31, 2010.

  1. Rudibell

    Rudibell Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks to all the great advice and pictures on this website our first time processing chickens went pretty smooth this morning [​IMG]. We did 6 Barred Rocks and 2 Black Giants, all exactly 5 months old. Borrowed the chicken plucker and 2 killing cones, used the apple scraper thingy (and my fingers) for lungs and kidneys. Did them in pairs, took about 3 hours including an interuption during a lightning/rain storm...

    One question remains: We found 5 developed eggs inside the chickens, they would have been laid this morning (their usual time to lay eggs it seemed). I cleaned them up as usualy with the laid eggs. Are they OK to eat just like any other egg?
     
  2. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    yes, they're fine to eat.
     
  3. atimme

    atimme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Definitely fine.
     
  4. eKo_birdies

    eKo_birdies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    just out of curiosity.... why were you butchering 5 month olds that seem to be actively laying?
     
  5. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    lol, I'm sure they butchered them to eat them [​IMG]
     
  6. eKo_birdies

    eKo_birdies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:thanks
     
  7. Rudibell

    Rudibell Out Of The Brooder

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    They had started laying a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately, I'm allergic to eggs and dairy (not deadly allergic, so I ate the first egg sunnyside up...so yummy), and my hubby doesn't like to eat a lot of eggs, either. This was our first trial at raising backyard birds. We had decided against the big broilers, b/c of the high altitude we live at and the ugliness and seemingly 'unhealthiness' of those breeds. The 5 months was an average age of all the different suggestions that I read about. They have a good amount of fat on them, maybe I fed them too much grain (meatbird feed)? I'll let you know how they'll work out for tenderness.

    So, I let the birds rest in brine for 24 hours and then transfered them into the (spare) fridge. After 20 hours in there, they still have rigor mortis, is that normal?[​IMG] I don't want to freeze them like this, as they would take a lot more room in the freezer. How long should I wait for the RM to go away (it hopefully will, right?)? Thanks again for all the advice in advance!
     
  8. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    24 - 48 hours
     
  9. eKo_birdies

    eKo_birdies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:seeeee that was why i asked!! lol [​IMG] i'm a curious person!
     
  10. Rudibell

    Rudibell Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:seeeee that was why i asked!! lol [​IMG] i'm a curious person!

    eKo, I see that you're living at 8000' - did you ever have any problems with raising birds at high elevation? Just curious here, too...
     

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