Processing Day Support Group ~ HELP us through the Emotions PLEASE!

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Sally Sunshine, Apr 14, 2013.

  1. off-grid hen

    off-grid hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had forgotten about your breeding projects. That's a whole different scenario. :-S. I would bring the roo, even if it IS a Silkie ;).

    The next phase of this meat chicken idea is processing 20 birds, and do I want more next time? I guess we'll see how long it takes to process these. A friend and I are processing the same day, so I'll see what it's like to process 60 birds at once. I will be keeping mine separate from hers on processing day.

    Right now I use an ecoglow to brood chicks, and can only brood 20 at a time. (Its the only way I can brood chicks, I'm off the grid. a 75 W bulb running 24-7 would be the most inefficient thng in my house and translates directly to generator fuel). Also, have to see if I have range space for 20, or can I feasibly range more birds? I have a moveable tractor but will fence in an area that can be moved. If I can do more, would I rather process in two batches, spring and fall? Time will tell. I haven't eaten store chicken since June, and I can't see myself turning back now. I have reached the point of no return. :fistpump
     
  2. fisherlady

    fisherlady Overrun With Chickens

    Off grid.... we are in a similar spot over numbers... we raised 20 this past spring and have also processed 7 extra roos. we about maxed out storage by June but the meat has been so good we are already getting low on smoking meat. Because of space restrictions we plan to do spring and fall next year. We have a bunch of barnyard mix chicks growing out right now or we would be getting more meaties this month.
     
  3. ronott1

    ronott1 Daily Digest Guru Premium Member Project Manager

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    China to the US--Nearly impossible to import from that scenario. He also said that the Government took his chickens. I am very sad about the whole situation.
     
  4. Kassaundra

    Kassaundra Sonic screwdrivers are cool!

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    I will try and find the link.
     
  5. Kassaundra

    Kassaundra Sonic screwdrivers are cool!

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  6. off-grid hen

    off-grid hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah. :(. I saw above that he said he'd be willing to pay the $$ to import the roo, which made me think there was a possibility. :-/
     
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  7. off-grid hen

    off-grid hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My space issues are specific to brooding numbers and freezer space. But it looks like I'll be buying a chest freezer and keeping at the neighbor's and maybe buying another ecoglow.

    Good luck with your birds!
     
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  8. Kassaundra

    Kassaundra Sonic screwdrivers are cool!

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    There is a silkie breeder here on BYC in the U.S. that specializes in breeding very large silkies, getting eggs or chicks from her after coming to the States may be a best second option.
     
  9. ronott1

    ronott1 Daily Digest Guru Premium Member Project Manager

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    Do you have the BYC contact information?
     
  10. Kassaundra

    Kassaundra Sonic screwdrivers are cool!

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    I pm'd her some time ago when I was considering raising dark fleshed meat birds, I'm not sure if I still have the pm or if it was deleted. I would bet she is on the silkie thread, she had some very nice very big silkies.
     

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