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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Growing Interest in Raising Chickens for Meat

In recent years, the desire to raise meat chickens has increased. There are a few good reasons for this, but one of the most prominent reasons to know where one’s food comes from. 

Others want to sell meat chickens for a profit, and then there are those who enjoy the security of knowing how to raise meat. In other words, raising chickens for meat as a way to become self-sufficient. 

So, how many people are interested in chickens for meat, furthermore, what is the perspective of those raising, and consuming chicken meat in the US? 

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Hey, I eat the hell out of chicken - just not my chickens. I'm not that hungry yet.

8 comments:

  1. I have no problem butchering and eating my chickens, along with the rabbits, I have, that's part of the reason I raise them. I've considered getting some of those hybrid Rock Cornish meat chickens for my yard but haven't actually gotten any yet.
    JD

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  2. The problem I see is with Cornish Cross birds, you have a limited window before they grow lame. Birds like barred rock and Orpingtons grow slower but taste great. You can raise your own and harvest excess roosters and older hens.

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  3. Kill, pluck, gut, and clean a chicken and you will loose the desire to become self-sufficient quickly. It is a good skill to have but I will stick with Purdue processed chickens for $7-9 a bird.

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  4. I've seen more than a few wild turkey road kills here in the mountains. They don't last but for an hour before their carcass disappears. So, I guess free range fowl is tasty too.

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  5. Neat thing about a chicken it that you basically have a day's worth of meat running around that you don't have to refrigerate. Unlike hogs or beef, killing a chicken doesn't mean you have to worry about what to do with all that meat. In days before electricity, that was a big problem.

    Plus, a laying hen contributes a steady supply of food units, and when she's not doing that any more, she's a meal herself.

    The old folks knew this. Mentioning it today is like discovering the Holy Grail.

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    1. And, free-range chickens eat many of the flies, fleas, ticks, and roaches that would otherwise infest your home. They are like Roombas for your lawn and woods.

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  6. went south from a werk trip to vacate last month. ate some fast food. most places had a sign up mentioning chicken shortage. yes fake and induced by cabal. but real at the retail level.

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  7. Chicken and rabbit. Grow relatively fast are easy to butcher and provide enough for a meal or two. Little waste.

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