Raising Silkies For meat

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by sebby, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. sebby

    sebby Out Of The Brooder

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    I wanted to know at what age they should be butchered at and what weight do they dress out. [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Thanks[/FONT]
     
  2. bradleyjpyle

    bradleyjpyle Out Of The Brooder

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    This is so humorous I couldn't help but drop by the thread.

    Don't they have black meat? Unless your selling to a niche market of japanese culinary conisours id give up that endeavor. The feed conversion alone would put off anyone else considering the idea...


    Broilers are .90 each at idealpoultry right now.

    -brad
     
  3. McButterpants

    McButterpants Out Of The Brooder

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    The town I live has a farm that raises these commercially for the Asian markets. I buy squab from them, which are fantastic. You can find the farm on line at http://www.palmettopigeonplant.com/
    the owner is a regular at my restaurant and has proven invaluable in answering my pesky questions although I've never talked to him about the silkies. I have cooked them many times and they are primarily used as soup birds - they do have a different flavor than traditional birds, but not necessarily better (in my opinion) - they are served primarily as medicinal soup from what I understand. The birds I see packaged are about 1 pound each. I'm sure if you contact the plant they could answer any questions you might have.
     
  4. bdcraig

    bdcraig Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks
     

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