Farm A day with chickens

China Connection

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Well I have had a day not to forget

I had raised two chickens under one hen.

The last few days I have been trying to get them settled in with my other young chickens

I took all my three rosters out and caged them separately as they were giving them too hard a time.

Anyway they got settled in with the hens, One of the two new ones would always protect the other.

This morning a got a real shock as both of them were crowing their heads off. Yep, both are rosters................

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So now I have eight rosters that I know of but only about ten hens.

But i have another 13 chicks coming on. Any bets on how many will be rosters?


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West

Senior nut
Fatten up the young ones. Keep them from much or any physical activity.

Dispatch, skin, gut then debone. Cut all meat into strips approximately 3/4" +- wide and thick and however long you want. And wash.

Soak in fridge in buttermilk, while working into meat, for a few hours to a day.

Get flour and your favorite spices mixed up good. Get frying pan good and hot 350f.
Add real butter or oil to pan enough to oil fry.

Then shake access butter milk from chicken strips, and roll in flour mixture to coat good. Then fry quickly, doesn't take a minute or two on both sides. Don't over cook.

Melts in mouth.

Then to end the day, you can have a nice dinner with your chickens.

:D
 

China Connection

TB Fanatic
I don't mind keeping a few. The last one cooked up nice however.....

Roosters are an ongoing problem.

What I am doing at the moment is replacing all my old stock with fresh egg layers etc..
 
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john70

Senior Member
Well I have had a day not to forget

I had raised two chickens under one hen.

The last few days I have been trying to get them settled in with my other young chickens

I took all my three rosters out and caged them separately as they were giving them too hard a time.

Anyway they got settled in with the hens, One of the two new ones would always protect the other.

This morning a got a real shock as both of them were crowing their heads off. Yep, both are rosters................

...................................................................................................

So now I have eight rosters that I know of but only about ten hens.

But i have another 13 chicks coming on. Any bets on how many will be rosters?


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IF YOU DID NOT ORDER ALL GIRL CHICKS...........
I WOULD EXPECT 55% BOYS
 

philkar

Senior Member
Last Fall I ordered pullets and got a fair amount of roosters which we "harvest"! I think I can "sex" the chicks now around 4 days of age and do pretty well at it. Those labels can be hard to read though!
 

Cag3db1rd

Paranoid Pagan
I tried the wing feather sexing this last time, and now I have a rooster. He's just so pretty, though. Why do easter eggers have to be so pretty?
 

Freeholder

This too shall pass.
I don't mind keeping a few. The last one cooked up nice however.....

Roosters are an ongoing problem.

What I am doing at the moment is replacing all my old stock with fresh egg layers etc..
I don't consider roosters a problem at all! Even a bantam rooster can be made into chicken soup -- people spend big bucks to go hunting for smaller birds! Some small chickens are surprisingly meaty. And I prefer to keep at least two or three roosters with my flock at all times, in case we have losses.

Kathleen
 

China Connection

TB Fanatic
Um, at the moment I have 10 egg layers and 8 rosters............

I have another 12 chicks coming on that I will probably have about half chickens and half rosters..
 

philkar

Senior Member
I have kept chickens for a long time but this year I allowed a broody hen to hatch out 6 eggs. On day 21 the eggs began to pip and all 6 eggs hatched! They are so much fun and the mama hen appears to know what she is doing! Has opened a whole new vista for me. Now about those roosters!
 

summerthyme

Administrator
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More than two roos per dozen hens (actually, one is plenty, but, well... they are mortal, and it sucks when your only roo dies a couple weeks before you were planning on filling the incubator!) Is overkill, and is usually injurious to the hens.

Butchering is SO fast and simple, if you don't mind a skinned bird. Its a bit wasteful, as the skin contains a lot of the fat. But it saves all the time consuming mess of plucking.

We generally feed extra roos to the dogs... butcher them, skin and clean them, and chop into halves or quarters with a cleaver. No more than a 10 minute job per bird, and itgets much faster with practice.

Summerthyme
 
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