|Pictures from our broilers from this summer.|
Tomorrow we have some new additions joining us on the farm. Well, for a short time anyways.
We are going to be getting some more meat chickens! Our meat chickens this summer were such a success, we can't WAIT to have more.
These little guys stayed inside only about a week or 2, then we put them outside in the summer warmth. Daily, we moved their brooder to new grass. I also supplemented their "broiler feed" with cracked corn and sunflower seeds. They LOVED the sunflower seeds!!!
We also raised them about 2- 2 1/2 weeks BEYOND their expected butcher date. If you read anything about broiler chickens, you see that right around the time when they need to be butchered, the chickens start getting to heavy for their frame, then they just lay and eat because their legs can't withstand the weight of their bodies. Ours, being 2 to 2 1/2 weeks OVER that butcher date, were still RUNNING around in the pasture! I couldn't believe it! Each day that went by that we couldn't spend the time to butcher, I expected there to be a dead chicken , but they were VERY healthy!
As for the meat, there was so much meat on one of those chickens that if fed my family of 6, TWICE! We could have a crock pot chicken one day and the next have chicken sandwiches, chicken noodle soup, or what ever. I gave one to my sister, and she said she had never had such a big chicken! And the taste, YUM! It really can't be beat!
So, our little guys will be coming tomorrow. We wanted to try to get some more chickens in before the weather got cold because we would like to keep them on pasture! I also have a new feed mixture I would like to try on them this time, something more natural.
Oh, and we aren't finished! We still have MORE new additions coming in about 2 weeks!
Have any of you raised broiler chickens? How did you raise them, on pasture, in an enclosed yard? How did you like the meat?
|Our broilers from this summer.|