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Parents want to get some chickens going. Looking at building coops but the raccoons and coyotes are a problem.
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How does one properly age a chicken. Is it the same type of process as done with beef by hanging it in a fridge for a certain amount of time?
Same basic principal, you are letting the enzymes in the meat break it down thus tenderizing it. Not necessary for chickens under 12 weeks of age. We just put them on wire racks on top of baking sheets in our extra fridge for 5 or so days. If you are going to do this make sure your fridge isn't stinky and the meat is well covered so that it doesn't dry out or absorb fridge odors.
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Parents want to get some chickens going. Looking at building coops but the raccoons and coyotes are a problem.
We have most every predator California has to offer and since we started locking up the birds at night we don't lose them to predation anymore. They also have a fenced run for the day time to keep them in and predators out.
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They meaties are finally starting to put on some weight and a few of them are already the size of my full grown hens, so my hopes are high that they will all break 5lbs at 12 weeks.





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Update.... The BBQed chicken was awesome! I think we are going to order a few extra Cornish-X for the next batch just to slaughter early for great whole BBQ birds.
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Another chicken thread, great.
Check out the other one if you are not already involved.
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/s...d.php?t=639141
Tons of pictures and ideas.

Anyway here are some of my pics of my setup.

Notice how I have the floor below their roost fenced off so they cannot play around in the poo. The back wall is actually a door where I can scoop out the poo for use in the garden after composting it.




Built the coop to look like a barn, the wife loves barns.
It is 8' wide x 8' tall x 12' deep.
Yard is 12' x 12' and fully enclosed with fencing to keep out predators.

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Awesome coop I am hoping to raise some goats real soon.
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Freedom Rangers 9 Weeks Old
This batch seems to be dealing with the 100 degree heat well and all appear healthy, so we went ahead and ordered our next batch of 25 freedom rangers that will arrive on July 8th.

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Ordered my first chickens today from McMurray. When with the heavy assorted straight run as I am hoping to have both good layers and decent table birds. However I do have a question for you. Do you get your chicks vaccinated?
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Ordered my first chickens today from McMurray. When with the heavy assorted straight run as I am hoping to have both good layers and decent table birds. However I do have a question for you. Do you get your chicks vaccinated?
No we never have. I think I paid for it though with my last batch of cornishX. We have never had significant losses with any heritage breeds ever, in my parents 30+ years of having chickens.

Give them plenty of clean water and a clean bedding area and I think you will be fine, also if you can get them into the grass or at least give them some fresh greens they will do better.

Plan to raise the table birds to at least 20 weeks for a decent size carcass, you can look back a few pages in my thread and see what size we got at what age with the heritage breeds we did last year.
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This batch seems to be dealing with the 100 degree heat well and all appear healthy, so we went ahead and ordered our next batch of 25 freedom rangers that will arrive on July 8th.

We put a shallow (3"-4") plastic tub filled with water in with our chickens for them to stand in during the hotter days.
I read somewhere that thi is one way they cool off since they don't sweat.
Keep it no deeper than their legs are long cause they do not like to get wet like ducks.
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We put a shallow (3"-4") plastic tub filled with water in with our chickens for them to stand in during the hotter days.
I read somewhere that thi is one way they cool off since they don't sweat.
Keep it no deeper than their legs are long cause they do not like to get wet like ducks.
Neat idea I'll have to give it a try.
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Anyone raising the brown birds, don't go past 21 weeks for consupmtion. Thereafter, 22+ weeks, the meat gets tough. Once the plume is too large and flops over, it is probably too old and should be kept for eggs.
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Well I went and got a couple chicks to raise to to give it a try. Well they are doing great except they will be egg birds now since they have become my wifes pets. So no chance of ever eating them. If I ever try to eat "Churp" or "Peep" i`ll probly end up on the BBQ. Just waiting for them to get old enought to lay eggs now
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Well I went and got a couple chicks to raise to to give it a try. Well they are doing great except they will be egg birds now since they have become my wifes pets. So no chance of ever eating them. If I ever try to eat "Churp" or "Peep" i`ll probly end up on the BBQ. Just waiting for them to get old enought to lay eggs now
Yeah, I have this problem also. I'd love to raise some birds for meat but the wife won't have anything to do with it. The hens quickly became "pets" and if I slaughtered them for eating I'd probably be divorced before I'd finished chewing the first bite.

I suppose I could build another coop down the hill where she cant see and get friendly with them... sigh. Like I need another project.

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Freedom Rangers, Batch #2
3 Days Old
We received our next batch of chicks this morning from Murry McMurray hatchery they sent us 1 bonus ranger, so we have 26 meaties in this batch and 4 laying hens and 1 free mystery chick haha. They all survived their trip through the mail and all look healthy so far.

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This little guy wanted to get out to the sunlight so bad that he manged to get stuck in the wire.

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Red Rangers Batch #1
10 Weeks
The roosters have all been crowing for several days now, today we weighed the roosters and a few hens, the roos were all 7-7.5lbs and the hens right about 5lbs. We may process the roos this weekend but we are going to let the hens keep going for at least 2 weeks.





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Yesterday I processed the 5 Roosters, at 73 days old. All but one broke 5lbs and have very desirable looking carcasses.
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Should be getting my chicks this week sometime. Will post pics when they arrive.
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Red Ranger batch #2 1 Week
We lost a couple chicks in the first 48 hours, I called the hatchery and they gave me some suggestions and refunded my money for the chicks lost and asked me to call again if I had any more problems. Since then no issues, everyone looks happy and healthy.

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The link below has some good info on Killing, Plucking, Eviscerating, & Cutting Up Your Chicken - Graphic!

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Just got my chickens yesterday. Will try to post up some pictures of the little critters this afternoon.
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Lets hope I did this right. Not too sure why the one chick had a bald neck. Anyone know.

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That chick looks like a Turken or naked neck chicken. http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/turk...ked_necks.html
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Red Ranger batch #1 12 Weeks



Batch #2 2.5 Weeks
Seeing the rangers side by side with heritage breed chicks has really highlighted to me just how fast they grow.

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Yesterday I processed the 5 Roosters, at 73 days old. All but one broke 5lbs and have very desirable looking carcasses.
I'll be reading more of this thread a bit later. Do you wait till they die naturally or do you slaughter them?

I've always been interested in doing my own chickens, mostly hens though I'd also want some roosters I think.
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I'll be reading more of this thread a bit later. Do you wait till they die naturally or do you slaughter them?

I've always been interested in doing my own chickens, mostly hens though I'd also want some roosters I think.
They are slaughtered when they reach the right age/size. I don't think it is safe to eat any animal that dies of natural causes. We raise some specifically for meat and others for eggs, the egg layers live a long time, our meaties usually go about 10-14 weeks before we slaughter them.
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Well I went process my first chicken today. The week of July 15 I received a assorted heavy run from McMurrary hatchery (heavy layers and broilers). Fast forward 16 weeks and I went to process one as I read anywhere from 16-24 is appropriate for tender birds. Well I choose to process a turkin as he was the loudest and the most trouble. Well after I plucked his feathers I also found out the he has been hiding something from everyone. He is anorexic. I was going to process a few more but I think I will wait a bit longer hoping that the rest will be able to put on a few lbs. attached are two pics. The first is the general size of my bird, the second of him completely processed.
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Don't get discouraged by the size, heritage breads take a long time to get close to what a "normal" supermarket chicken looks like!
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