Self Butcher Success, Freezer Camp Full.

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by bigredfeather, Nov 10, 2009.

  1. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We butchered 62 meaties this weekend. It was our first time, and everything went great. We killed the first one at 9am and we were done killing by 12:30pm. It was great to see we could do this ourselves. We ended up with 317 pounds of butchered weight. Four of them where 6 3/4 pounds and we had 8 of them at 6 pounds. The smallest two where 3 1/2 pounds. The average weight was 5.11 pounds. I went thru 1250 pounds of feed, which put the FCR at 4. I know most people calulate FCR from live weight, but I don't like that. I base mine on dressed weight. It ended up costing around $0.83 per pound, which I thought was very good.

    Butchering ourselves was a great expirience. Everyone had a good time and said they wanted to do it again. I guess from here on out, we will do them ourselves. I wish we would have taken some pictures, but we forgot to get the camera out. I can't stress enough the value of watching Joel and Daniel Salatin's youtube videos prior to butchering. It made the whole process much easier. I was surprised how easy it actually was. I can't gut them in 20 seconds like Joel, but my goal is to be that fast eventually.
     
  2. funkychicken

    funkychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WOW!! You are great encouragement to those of us who are considering doing this for ourselves...wish I could watch you-tube on my puter...great job:)
     
  3. 3KillerBs

    3KillerBs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That makes sense to me. That's how you'd buy it in the store so that makes it possible to compare costs.
     
  4. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That makes sense to me. That's how you'd buy it in the store so that makes it possible to compare costs.

    Also, it's easier to weigh a dressed bird rather than a live one. The dressed ones don't move as much. LOL
     
  5. toletiquesbysam

    toletiquesbysam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great Job!!! [​IMG]
     
  6. EGGTASKTIC

    EGGTASKTIC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does .83 count your initial cost for the birds?

    I like your FCR calculation. Much more clear.

    Good job.
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  7. Bedste

    Bedste Chillin' With My Peeps

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    YIPPPEEEE Dont you feel empowered?


    Will you please post the link to the video you were referring to? Thanks!
     
  8. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes, it includes chick price.
     
  9. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are a few others that you will see when you go to these. They are all interesting.
     
  10. gkeesling

    gkeesling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks for the link. I was going to ask the same question.
     

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