Lime & Pricing meat chickens

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Taxicab, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. Taxicab

    Taxicab Hatching

    Mar 15, 2008
    This is my first post so be patient with me. [​IMG]

    I have a few questions:

    1. I heard you can use lime for the smell. I saw this at a persons house. They just spread it over the ground and covered it with straw. Any opinions on this?

    2. I have some cornish rocks ready for butchering. I was wondering a few things:
    a. Live weight verses dressed weight. Does anyone know an approximate % to deduct from a live weight chicken before it is butchered so get an idea of the dressed weight?
    b. I live in Southeast part of WI. Any idea of what to charge for: cornish rock meat chickens? For brown eggs from my egg layers?
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Use agricultural lime. It will keep the ammonia thus nitrogen in the soil. Hydraded lime is caustic!

    Live to dressed is about 75% of initial weight if you withhold feed for 12 hours.

    Price will be dependent on your local market. City to city can vary.

  3. I've used hydrated lime for many years, as have countless other farmers, with no problems.

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