Processed-first time on my own

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Farmer Kitty, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Wisconsin
    The EE's I was given are now 14 weeks old. The one roo was a fighter so, I decided it was his time to go. I have processed before with DH helping. Today I did it all alone. I used a cone I made from cardboard and did the cut throat, pick, and dry defeathering. Went easier than DH's way of hatchet, scalding water, and wet defeathering.
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    He weighed 2#'s 6 ozs. dressed out. Is this normal for an EE or should I wait awhile before I do the others?
     
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2008
  2. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Good job Kitty! [​IMG] I was out watching two cockerels being complete little devils this morning and envisioning them looking like that, but I'm just to big of a chicken to do it myself. [​IMG]
     
  3. fullhouse

    fullhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good job! Our EE dressed out around 3lbs at that age, but they were on 20% protein feed their whole lives.
     
  4. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Wisconsin
    Quote:It's really not that hard to do.

    Thanks, I'm not sure what percent protein these guys are on without looking. DH works in a feedmill and he makes those decisions! It doesn't matter what I say, if I want the better feed for them he is the one to decide as he is the one picking it up.
     
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Looks good!

    My chantecler cockerel dressed out at about 2 lbs 4 oz when skinless (15 wks, but he was not 'fed up' extra in preparation for slaughter at *all*), so yours seems to be in the same basic ballpark as mine for whatever that's worth.

    Congrats,

    Pat
     

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