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Posted November 10, 2012 - 07:06 PM

Dad raised broilers. At seven weeks they weighed close to eight pounds and dressed out to 5 - 6 pounds each. We did 21 today.

It worked out great. A nice assembly line. Tired now, gonna relax.
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Posted November 10, 2012 - 07:15 PM

wow nice chickens.
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Posted November 10, 2012 - 08:08 PM

any pics of that slaughter house?? lol....sounds like yal had alota fun.....
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Posted November 10, 2012 - 10:50 PM

Sorry, no pics. It was pretty busy. But I do have some from last year. A couple of the feather plucker and one of me at the butchering table. This year was too busy for some reason. 21 done in just over two hours this year.
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Posted November 11, 2012 - 10:12 AM

Yummy! Now my dog is drooling over that picture of the chicken.

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Posted November 14, 2012 - 12:20 AM

Hi Dave, what kind of broilers do you raise? We have Cornish Giant cross, usually get the peepers early in May and butcher in Sept. That's considerably longer than you keep them, but the pullets average 10 lbs., some up to 12 lbs. dressed. We finish them on oats and if they are lucky I manage to find some wheat too. Not cost effective but they sure taste better than store-bought. We never get roosters or mixed, they are too agressive in a mixed flock and scratch the hens up. Sure hate butchering when there's snow on the ground but we have done it. Our plucker has a curved hood on it that deflects the feathers and drops them down into a pail-- it's old as the hills but it works.
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Posted November 14, 2012 - 08:57 AM

Dad raised broilers. At seven weeks they weighed close to eight pounds and dressed out to 5 - 6 pounds each. We did 21 today.

It worked out great. A nice assembly line. Tired now, gonna relax.


That would be a dis-assembly line wouldn't it? When I was preschool age, Dad raised broilers, 5,000 at a time in our long chicken barn. It had natiral gas brooders, and the automated feeder chain troughs. We'd take a couple chickens at a time for meals. Our fingers did the plucking.
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Posted November 14, 2012 - 10:05 AM

Ha Ha Daniel, you are right, dis assembly. Wow, five thousand. That's a lot of them.
I have hand plucked a few now and then. It makes me appreciate the mechanical plucker that much more.

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Posted November 14, 2012 - 01:46 PM

We raised some Rock/cornish crosses( I think that is what they were) and they got huge. The breasts we got off of them were bigger than both of my big bear paws combined. and were about 2 inches thick.




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