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Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by peggym, Aug 19, 2009.
This is what I was thinking. Dh would bring them down and we'd get them back in packages. It might help not knowing who's who.
The "they'll only have one bad day" part cracked me up! That's one way to look at it. And I know how poorly mass-produced chickens can be treated.
Suggestions on best breeds for dual purpose? I'm thinking of keeping some hens for reproduction, processing the roos, combo of processing hens and using extras for egg laying. Brown eggs would be nice. Something large and not too flighty. I suppose I don't care if they are "nice" birds or not, as they will be kept separate from my "pet" flock.
I was raised on a dairy farm. Whenever the freezer was getting empty, one of the dairy cows would be picked out. Usually one that would not breed back and was dropping in milk production. She had lived her productive life and would be taken directly to the butcher. It tastes soooo much better than store-bought beef even though it is only an old dairy cow. Just how we always got beef, never thought much about it otherwise. Of course this last one was an Angus born out of a Holstien that was raised up for the intention of beef. Her expiration date was moved up when she decided that attacking humans was ok. Revenge beef is even tastier. (Kinda like that mean roo everyone eats). I would have a harder time with my current roos, just because they are my first flock and pets... somewhat. Growing something with the known intention of eating it, like meat birds, may be easier. I wouldn't interact to make them friendly pets, just enough to feed and care for them to keep myself emotionally withdrawn. Just a thought.
Chickprincess---I like my rir as a dual purpose bird. The roos we ate were tasty and they have been laying machines since they started this past fall. I have 19 hens in that coop of which 5 are barred rocks and 5 are red sexlinks and the rest are rir. At the lowest point of production this winter I was getting 10 eggs a day. Not bad considering that we dont supplement light and use no heat. My father told me that he had rir on the farm when he was growing up and they were good eating and good layers. Barred rocks are also supposed to be good dual purpose. Egg laying is okay. Probably will eat the older girls later this spring. I do know from all the reading of old chicken books that barrred rocks were the prefered table chicken in america during the 1800's. Just some thoughts.
Going to go look up some canning recipes for chicken. I would like to put some up so I can grab a can when I need a quick meal. Maybe make some soup and can it too. With the economy the way it is, its cheaper to make your own and at least mine wont have all that weird stuff in it to preserve it for like forever. Going to try canning basics too, like flour and sugar when it goes on sale. Found a recipe in my countryside magazine. I love that magazine almost as much as backyard chickens.
I can not kill mine either, However, I figure, if I can eat a poor animal that has been raised in a small cage, never seen the light of day, i should , in theory, eat what I have raised. They have been as happy as a chicken can be. My husband and family eat them readily enough. The trick for me is to raise many, so I do not know who I am eating. And I put them all in the freezer and wait awhile. Hope that helps!! Eating what you grow is a good thing!!!!
I raise buckeyes. They are "nice" birds. Until they go in to the "keeper" flock, they all look tasty. As Heni said, they only have "1" bad day.
I would not be so quick to give up a job. When you retire you'll have half as much money and the same or higher cost of living. Unless of course your mortgage is paid off. Folks make that your priority. It's your highest expense.
I have no doubt the PO has some very nice people and they do try hard.
Yes she does and Gramma too. She and Gramma made cookies after Gramma got home from work. They have a good time.
I tell myself that the people who process my chickens don't give me back mine but someone else's. It's really all just psychological.
I must be weird. Not only can I eat my own birds (and nasty roo tastes the best), I can hold their legs while they expire, pluck them, gut them, wash them all naked, bag them and put their name on the bag. I want to know who I am eating because I know WHAT it was....breed, age, etc. I am still trying to get a handle on the optimum age for processing extra roos. 16 weeks has them with lots of budding feathers which are hard to pluck out (actually wound up skinning a couple cuz plucking was darn hard at that age)
For those who are not fond of the thought of eating their "pet", don't freeze the bird whole. Take off the breasts, cut off the thighs with legs and package them as parts, like you get them from the store. Then you are not eating Mister Roo, you are eating chicken. Tasty, yummy chicken. (I do this instead of gutting now....gutting is tricky and I just don't seem to be able to get the hang of it. By taking the parts off I don't have to remove innards and I only lose the back....there isn't much meat on the back. Oh and I don't have to deal with scraping the lungs out. Why that grosses me out, I don't know, but it is my least fav part of gutting)
Java I have 2 people on my FB page interested in silkies. One I know personally and she lives near me about 30 miles south of you.