Post by farmertrappe on Apr 23, 2015 13:59:24 GMT -5
I got the brooder together last eve and picked up the first batch of birds from the post office today. I should have four + pound birds (finished weight) ready for the plucker in eleven weeks. Depending on the weather these will be in the brooder for about a month before being moved outside to pasture in movable pens.
Living through you on this adventure. Thank you so much for sharing the pics and storyline farmertrappe. That's one of the coolest things about this forum....the willingness to share ideas/stories/successes/suggestions/etc. Many thanks again!
Post by farmertrappe on May 2, 2015 19:51:57 GMT -5
Into the second week, only lost two chicks so far. Definitely growing, cleaning out the small feed tray twice a day and the first 50 pounds of feed will be gone by Monday am. Tried to upload a pic, could not resize it to fit???
Post by farmertrappe on May 15, 2015 21:02:05 GMT -5
100 more chicks came in today, took extra half day to get to me than usual. They were hungry and thirst, but look ok so far. I split them in half between two brooders, much cleaner that way after the second week.
That Featherman Plucker is going to get a workout!
damn Skippy, trying to make that money. $2.50 a pound finish weight,= $10.00 for a four pound bird. $2.99 a pound is what most farms in the MD/DC area charge for free range birds. Farm fresh pasture raised goodness. Where I live Factory Farm chicken rules the economy, at around $.69 a pound, I market to the affluent.
Post by farmertrappe on Jun 7, 2015 15:35:14 GMT -5
Butchered the first birds of the year this am, 2.75-3.25 pounds at six weeks old. These will be used as a half roasted or grilled chicken. I'm very happy with the new shrink bags. Compared to the zip style freezer bags I used in the past these are excellent for presentation.
Post by farmertrappe on Jun 7, 2015 21:22:56 GMT -5
I delivered birds to two high end restaurants today and I will one other tomorrow. Rest of birds are sold for $2.50 a pound. High end restaurants pay $3.50 a pound. They want special treatment, want birds with little notice, only certain size birds ect...Will call"can we get four birds tomorrow?" If I can I do, but it cost a little more, God Bless Capitalism.
Post by farmertrappe on Jun 11, 2015 21:19:58 GMT -5
Butchered 29 birds today, all day event for me solo. Two did not make the cut and I dropped the last one in the damn slop bucket when I was done cleaning it. I could have saved them for the dog, but just did not do it this time. 14 going to a caterer for a wedding this weekend, six to a high end restaurant, two to a good boat customer and friend. One for my belly and the rest in the freezer if I don't find them a home elsewhere. 14 left in the first pen, and the beat goes on.