MMMMM first meaties of the year

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by greeneggsandham, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. greeneggsandham

    greeneggsandham Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I forgot how wonderful homegrown chicken is. There wasn't much time the last couple of years to do them, but told my husband we are raising some meaties this year.
    I had 10 red broilers at 9 weeks old done this past weekend. They dressed out between 5 and 6 lbs each.
    We had a half of one last night that I rotisseried. So good. Tonight we will have the other half roasted in the oven.
    Going to make fried chicken this weekend with one.
    Now in 5 weeks I will have 10 cornish x's to do.
     
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    txreddirtgirl Out Of The Brooder

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  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    I totally agree - so much tastier when you raise it yourself. Happy eating! [​IMG]
     
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  4. trulyblessed

    trulyblessed Out Of The Brooder

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    I know!! We just had our first homegrown chicken last night and it was SO good [​IMG]
     
  5. fair weather chicken

    fair weather chicken Out Of The Brooder

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    we ran out and had to buy from the store, UGH !!!!!!!!!!! anyway we butchered the first of the month. yes soooooo much better.
     
  6. mcf3kids

    mcf3kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cannot wait to post something like this!! Ours are 4 weeks old (24 Cornish X) and they are getting so chubby! They are having a great life and I LOVE that they will have the best 7-8 week life any Cornish could ever have!! [​IMG]
     
  7. RWD

    RWD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Homegrown is always best. Whether your talking maters, or chicken. Makes you feel like a producer instead of a consumer.
    Makes you feel a little self sufficient instead of totally dependant. Makes you feel proud instead of indebted.
     
  8. greeneggsandham

    greeneggsandham Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The other half was made last night roasted in the oven with potatoes and onions. Then some fresh picked pea pods and green beans steamed on the side. My husband said he could eat that every night of the week. He also wants to get some more chicks the end of August so we have plenty of chicken for the winter. [​IMG]
     
  9. SmokinChick

    SmokinChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sorry, you said you processed a few birds and they tasted great?
    Sorry, no pics, didn't happen!
    I hope to grow and process next year. Red Broilers for any reason? Cornish X? Looking for input.
    Good luck and thanks for posting.
     
  10. AtlanticAcres

    AtlanticAcres New Egg

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    Did 4 of 15 tonight. Will let the girls gain more. Ours dressed out just over 4 lbs. These are cornish rock crosses - white meat birds.
    What weight do you aim for before processing? The 4 tonight were roosters... they took out 15 other meat birds along with help from some racoons.

    This was my first time processing in 14 years... didn't have youtube back then... went reasonable well considering it is not my most joyous job.

    TIA

    PS: was most impressed with my 9 year daughter helping remove pin feathers and asking tons of questions at the kitchen sink before bagging, marking and freezing.
    I am so proud of her... her grandmother and great grandmother would be so proud and pleased... I think she will make a great vet and country woman some day...
     
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