New chickens for the pot

They don’t look like much now, but in 21 days these beauties will be chicks. One of our old hens, Victoria is an excellent mum and she’s getting a bit broody so we thought we’d put her ample, feathery posterior to good use.

We got a dozen fertile eggs from a local chicken breeder for the princely sum of $4. They are mixed breed shaver/barnyard eggs so while not a specialist meat breed they should be fine for a first crop of eating chickens.

We’ll keep you posted on their progress.


3 Comments »

  1. Neil Says :
    28 August, 2008 at 9:47 am


    Nice work John. I presume you got them from Carrie…? We got a batch a few months ago too. Very good sized birds. While we were hoping for a few new laying hens, alas we ended up with four roosters. I was a chicken-culling virgin until recently. I hope you know what you’re in for. Fairly gruesome…I suggest you do the deed when Karen is at work :-)
    I found this site very helpful…http://butcherachicken.blogspot.com/2007/09/step-1-getting-ready-to-butcher.html
    Regards, N

  2. Neil Says :
    28 August, 2008 at 9:49 am


    This link might be helpful in a few months…http://butcherachicken.blogspot.com/2007/09/step-1-getting-ready-to-butcher.html

  3. John Says :
    28 August, 2008 at 11:54 am


    Thanks Neil. I’ve killed chickens before so the act itself isn’t too daunting. Butchery presents a new opportunity to make a complete mess of things though. If all else fails, I’ll be making a batch of chicken sausages :)

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