Category Archives: Meat

May 4th 2013 a day in the life

Today I completed spring cleaning for the hens. Emptied out 90% of the deep litter and replaced it with pine shavings and dry leaves. My large hens decided to take over the bantam roost last fall so I scraped the … Continue reading

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Choosing Chicks

Picking a breed or breeds to include in your flock can be a difficult endeavor, depending on what your requirements are. Some people find it very easy. I do not. I envy those chickens raisers that can go to the … Continue reading

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Processing Day 2011

We began processing the 7 Cornish Cross with 4 people at 7:30 am. Processing was quite a bit messier than I had planned for in my head.  Next time I want to have a kill cone set up over the … Continue reading

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Predator Alert

Late last week I heard about a chicken owner, two blocks away, who lost an 11 week old chick to an unknown predator. My thoughts were hawk or, less likely, dog. Not a possum, raccoon, or weasel as the rest … Continue reading

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Week 6 & 7 Weigh In for Cornish Cross

It’s still really hot here in the midwest. My neighbors and I have decided that next year we will get meat chicks in Aug so that they will have plenty of heat when they need it and it will begin … Continue reading

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2011 Cornish Cross Week 5 Update

The last few days have been very hot! In the upper 90’s with heat indexes in the 100’s and brutal sun. During our 5 wk weigh in our birds ranged from 2lbs 10.5 oz to 4 lbs 1 oz. We’ve … Continue reading

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First Weigh-in for The Nuggets

I weighed The Nuggets on 6-20-11. They ranged from 13 1/8 ounces to 1 pound and 4 1/2 ounces at 3 weeks old. Currently Violet, my neighbor, thinks we have 3 males and 5 females. Violet has some 6 week … Continue reading

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