Thanks so much to all !

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by shadowpaints, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. shadowpaints

    shadowpaints Songster

    Jun 20, 2009
    Rigby, Idaho
    im loving life here, im so greatfull to every one here!
    we put 25 cornish cross in the freezer today, all averaged 6-8 lbs, butchered them a week early tho, because of a conflicting horse show
    you all have given me the stregnth to raise my own meat. for the 3rd year in a row, i have raised and butchered 50-100 meat birds on my own, not counting evil roosters that became soup, also have raised a steer every year, abnd 2 pigs a year!

    and i owe it to this part of the board!!

    we are VERY self sufficent now!

    we raise a garden, we go huckleberry picking, farm fresh eggs, fresh goats milk (i have done this always tho!) we butcher a goat every year or so raise our own chicken , pork and beef..

    the only thing i have to shop for is clothes! LOL

    i think that when the time comes we will be the only ones on our block that are prepared! YAY!

    thanks again! i love you all
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2011
  2. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    It is a great feeling to raise ones own food. Although we didn't get to do the pig this year, we did get about 45 meat birds in the freezer, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, waiting to get to the beans and other veggies, garden was late this year, and hunting season starts next month for venizon. [​IMG]
  3. hydroswiftrob

    hydroswiftrob Chirping

    Aug 18, 2011
    N. Texas
    My Coop

    We have just purchased a small hobby farm and plan on doing the exact same thing you are doing. I would love to see pics, break down on feed to food cost, etc.
  4. shadowpaints

    shadowpaints Songster

    Jun 20, 2009
    Rigby, Idaho
    dont really have a lot of pics, try not to take too many of the animals we plan on eating, we dont want to attach ourselves to them lol


    the cornish cost us about 10$ a bird thats including purchase and feed.

    to raise a goat from birth to butcher (6 months) is about 60$

    to raise a pig from weaner to butcher (about 6 months) is about 150 (paid 35 for the pig at 8 weeks old)

    we but our steers as yearlings for 100 from the auction raise them for a year, end up spending 500 a steer including purchase, but cant butcher here, so it costs another 120 for butcher.

    our milk does cost about 100 each to keep each year and we get 50 gallons or so each. we have 3 milk does.

    hope that helps?

    our hay runs 120 for a ton of alfalfa, the steers, goats, pigs get hay. our feed is organic no pestisides and 18 % protien. our friend makes it.

    we pay 10$ for 75 lbs of sweet feed from the local mill, the goats, pigs and steers get that
  5. hydroswiftrob

    hydroswiftrob Chirping

    Aug 18, 2011
    N. Texas
    My Coop
    Quote:Yes it helps, and thank you for taking the time to post that.

    I can't wait to get to the point you are now. We have to have a house on the land first, but I want my animals NOW! I have a patience
  6. shadowpaints

    shadowpaints Songster

    Jun 20, 2009
    Rigby, Idaho
    it really is awesome feeling to have food available at all times. some of the animals pay for their selves, the layers, i selll eggs for 2.50 a dozen, goats milk i sell 8 $ a gallon, the baby goats sell for 50-100 each i even sell some of the meat birds and offer free butchering [​IMG]

    its fun to do something i love to do, no regrets [​IMG] took us 8 long years to get to this point! somday, we will have a milk cow , maybe i prefer goats milk [​IMG]
  7. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

    Apr 22, 2008
    I need a "like" button! We are working hard to get to that same point and are getting close. Congratulations on all your hard work!
  8. LittleDarlings

    LittleDarlings Chirping

    Jul 14, 2011
    Madison, GA
    [​IMG] That's amazing! [​IMG] I'm working literally piece by piece (animal-by-animal) to get there. I have 2 goats, a buck and a doe, we just got a rabbit buck today and I get to order my layers and meat birds next month. I'm also hoping to get a calf and a piglet or 2. My garden has been pretty good so far, but thanks to the lovely animals and their FREE fertilizer, I know it will be much better next year! [​IMG] And one of my sons is a fishing-aholic! Fortunately we live right on a river. [​IMG]

    Edited to fix typos! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2011

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