First Experiences are the best and worst....

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by The Old Forge Farm, Aug 6, 2020.

  1. The Old Forge Farm

    The Old Forge Farm New Member

    We started a meat bird production with 20 cornish cross. We made a really cool tractor, with all the fixings. I babied those little guys and called them my "chubby cherubs". Our son and his girlfriend were here for 3 months to live as they were both laid off due to this "pandemic", so we made the most of it and set up the farm. Time comes to butcher and process these meat birds, and we have one guy pass out, one guy almost throw up and pass out, I am crying my head off (and cried for 3 days). Only one of us stayed unaffected. WHAT a trip and learning experience!

    We have since butchered more and changed some things and it wasn't bad at all! We learned a lot and realized just how detached we have been from our food! This chicken is so tender and delicious and I have a completely different appreciation for the care that goes into our food and how it does matter!

    For sure glad we got the Whizz band chicken plucker. Still need to get a motor as we borrow the one from the jointer in the wood shop.
  2. Chyrl

    Chyrl New Member

    Thanks for sharing your experience. We haven't bought meat birds yet, because I'll be on my own there.
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  3. Susan Shellhammer

    Susan Shellhammer New Member

    We used to raise 50 cornish crosses at a time. The first time we did our own processing was a learning experience in that we thought it would go quicker based on how long it took to get our birds back from a local person that used to do them for us. It is very rewarding though to be able to have raised our own food and know that they were well taken care of and had good (albeit short) lives.

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