What to feed chickens before I butcher them?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by crazzzymike13, May 17, 2012.

  1. crazzzymike13

    crazzzymike13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2007
    II was wondering if chickens are like cattle. Some people feed out cows with certain feed before butcher. What about chickens?
  2. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    Since most farmers will feed out a cow on grains before butchering and most chickens are already on grains, I don't know that I've ever heard of any special feed, other than the grains they already consume, for chickens to improve the meat.

    I have heard, on the other hand, that chickens fed fermented grains or ACV will have a sweeter, more tender and juicier meat than those that have not had these feeds.
  3. wyoDreamer

    wyoDreamer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2010
    I have been told that some people feed cracked corn for the last week or so, to add a layer of yellow fat. Don't know if that is a wives tale, a smart thing to do, or what. Just what the neighbor says his grandma used to do.
  4. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    I did that the last batch I raised for 2 wks before processing. It did make the birds have a yellow tint under their skin and they tasted good but I don't know what they would have tasted if I hadn't.
  5. jacobkelly15

    jacobkelly15 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 8, 2011
    feed them regular scratch and cracked corn! nothing else they wouldnt need.
  6. Dutchess

    Dutchess Chillin' With My Peeps

    What about flock raiser? Purina.
  7. Kikiriki

    Kikiriki Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2011
    Central Florida
    I have heard of some dishes considered gourmet foods where the animal is force fed different things before butchering. One is brandy, I think, so how 'bout givin the chickens a beer or a glass a wine? Ha ha!!

    Garlic in the feed might give the meat a hint of garlic as spreads rapidly through the body and seeps out ones pores!

    That layer of fat discussed from corn might be good if you are roasting the meat, but for stew or soup I would prefer no or little fat.
  8. hbrown

    hbrown New Egg

    Apr 4, 2013
    I have about 2 month old chicks that I'm going to put in the freezer what do I need to start feeding them now up til I butcher them I've had them on chick starter now they are on grower now. What do I need to do now to feed them out Thanks
  9. LindaB220

    LindaB220 Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 23, 2013
    Portland/Vancouver area
    You could add some dry skim milk to their feed. It'll stick to it. It will add some more weight. These are CX's right? If not, pen them up the last month so their meat will be more tender. Hope this helps. [​IMG]
  10. RogerShoaf

    RogerShoaf Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 22, 2014
    I strongly suspect that it would alter the taste of the meat. In reading up on the Breese chickens they finish the birds on a diet of rice and dairy.

    The beef cows are not the only thing that seems to change flavor with diet (read up on Kobe beef), pigs for black forest hams are fed a special diet as are the Smithfield Virginia hams (Peanuts) and Spain has their special diet also.

    I want to try a finishing diet for Capons with the cooked rice and dairy and perhaps another trial with malted barley. With Malted barley most of the starch in the grain is converted to sugar so that might have a nice effect. You might want to take this a step further and make up a mash from the barley pitch some brewers yeast but cut short of full strength beer fermentation.

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