What's The Process

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Browser8, Feb 6, 2009.

  1. Browser8

    Browser8 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have never processed a chicken myself.

    I clicked on the banner of one of the fine BYC sponsors and they have a pretty good deal going on surplus birds.

    Seeing as I am woefully inexperienced I figure I am pushing my luck even buying 50 of them ($35 for 50) but that is the smallest amount in the special that they run on surplus birds.

    But... assuming I decide to take the dive....

    I pay for the chicks... they arrive...

    How long do you feed them before butcher time?

    I am assuming that free range is probably not a good idea for 50 birds?
     
  2. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    16 weeks for dual purpose birds. After that hormones kick in and will effect the taste of meat. If you have a big enough area, they could still free range. Meat will apt to be a bit tougher, but you will save a ton on feed.
     
  3. Browser8

    Browser8 Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Thanks... that is very helpful information...
     
  4. Bossroo

    Bossroo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The better question would be WHY are they a surplus ?
     
  5. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    What kind are they? Sometimes the "surplus" birds they sell you are nothing more than the birds that aren't really worth the effort to raise. Also, if you've never done them before, but want to get into meat birds, I wouldn't buy 50- that's a lot to deal with, and a big processing project. Personally, I'd just spend a little more per bird and get 25.
     
  6. Browser8

    Browser8 Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Agreed... this does seem like the type of thing that can get out of hand very quickly.
     

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