Occasionally, I post a little about our homestead…. So, I thought you might be interested in today’s activities.
We are finally getting settled into our new place and figured we’d raise a few broilers for ourselves and a few friends. Nothing like good free-range grass-fed chickens that are hormone and chemical free!
So, mid-March we took delivery of 65 chicks for the first time in several years. The start was a bit rocky considering we lost about 25 on dumb rookie errors. (Mostly, the boys were careless… hard lessons.) By today, butcher day, we had 40 rather plump birds.
The rest of the story in pictures and captions…
Already planning to do this again in the fall with more birds.
- We charged too little for those who supported us… First clue was that when we sent the email out, all birds were sold/accounted for in less than 20 minutes. Second clue was everyone who stopped to pick up cited paying twice as much elsewhere…
- Charge extra for processing and give a discount to any who want to help…
- Raise many more birds…
Certainly, this wasn’t a profit venture. We barely broke even, but it is good training for the boys and helps us and our friends with quality meat.
Now to figure out how to free range with the goats in the back paddocks. Hmmm. Got to keep the birds safe, but so much pasture… Can we do 150 at a time?? I’ll keep you posted.
Wonderful to read a bit more about the homestead! Thanks for another update. I think you meant Herrick Kimball’s Whizbang chicken plucker.
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YES!! You are right! Good catch. Thank you.
i like to buy mine already plucked, eviscerated, and in the bag. Frozen is even better. We don’t eat much chicken, however. Pastured eggs we’ve had for 15 years, but i’m planning on even retiring from them. The children are grown and we have neighbours who raise hens on pasture and non-gmo grains from whom I can buy eggs. It’ll be weird not having chickens around – but i bet i’ll get used to it! 😉 Also selling off all my sheep by the 1st of November, too. Been working too hard and getting worn out! what a great project you guys have done here and i really like the plucker you built. I picked up the book on how to build it from interlibrary loan and it looked like that was beyond my carpentry skills. We only have 14 old hens left – we’ll do them by hand.