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Dave C

  • Joined Aug 2014
  • Teesdale, Co Durham
Re: Breeding for Meat or Eggs
« Reply #600 on: March 17, 2017, 10:21:27 pm »
Culled my two reserve IG cockerels tonight.
Could of advertised them locally, as they are always in demand.
but decided to cull them for the table, as I'm trying to eat as much home grown chicken as possible.

These birds were only on Layers pellets, living free range and chased Pullets around all day.
So I was very pleased with the 3.8kg & 3.3kg live weights.
I will be processing them in the morning but by the feels of them, the amount of Breast meat on them is very pleasing for a pure traditional breed.

Dave C

  • Joined Aug 2014
  • Teesdale, Co Durham
Re: Breeding for Meat or Eggs
« Reply #601 on: March 18, 2017, 07:27:42 pm »
Jointed up the 2 Indian Game cockerels I culled yesterday.



Stir fry tonight, bit of dinner tomorrow and hopefully some left for a nice soup.

Rest of the carcasses go to the dogs (raw) so nothing is waisted.

macgro7

  • Joined Feb 2016
Re: Breeding for Meat or Eggs
« Reply #602 on: March 18, 2017, 07:49:34 pm »
They look really nice!
I was eating and old laying hen soup today lol
Really nice!

I'm picking up a la bresse trio next week! Yay!
Growing loads of fruits and vegetables! Raising dairy goats, chickens, ducks, geese rabbits and a little boy on 1/2 acre in the middle of the city of Leicester, using permaculture methods.

Charlie1234

  • Joined Feb 2017
  • Llaithddu,powys
Re: Breeding for Meat or Eggs
« Reply #603 on: March 18, 2017, 10:56:57 pm »
Jointed up the 2 Indian Game cockerels I culled yesterday.



Stir fry tonight, bit of dinner tomorrow and hopefully some left for a nice soup.

Rest of the carcasses go to the dogs (raw) so nothing is waisted.

Nice one dave,looks like a nice bit of chicken  :thumbsup:

Was given a LF silkie cockerel my mate had despatched earlier today so be intresting to see if they taste any different to white meat birds..Any views ??

Bit P****d off today,came home from town  and my incubator has gone wrong and my eggs are fried,incy had soared to 42`c, took eggs out and candled them but no movement at all  :gloomy:

only had it serviced a few weeks before loading it up !!!!

Only had 1 week left til hatching,hoping the other incy keeps going  :hshoe:
5 Dogs,5 cats,3 geese,26 and counting chickens,4 badger faced sheep

macgro7

  • Joined Feb 2016
Re: Breeding for Meat or Eggs
« Reply #604 on: March 18, 2017, 11:17:45 pm »
Oh no!!!!!

Sorry for your hatch...


I had silkie once. Young one was injured by other chickens so had to dispatch it. It tasked the same as any other chicken but either eat it with your eyes closed or be prepared for really weird looking meat. Spooky!
Growing loads of fruits and vegetables! Raising dairy goats, chickens, ducks, geese rabbits and a little boy on 1/2 acre in the middle of the city of Leicester, using permaculture methods.

Dave C

  • Joined Aug 2014
  • Teesdale, Co Durham
Re: Breeding for Meat or Eggs
« Reply #605 on: March 18, 2017, 11:49:37 pm »
Haha, I'm with you on that one macgro7  :yuck:

That's really bad crack Charlie 1234 about your hatch, which eggs where they ?

Dave C

  • Joined Aug 2014
  • Teesdale, Co Durham
Re: Breeding for Meat or Eggs
« Reply #606 on: March 18, 2017, 11:58:01 pm »
They look really nice!
I was eating and old laying hen soup today lol
Really nice!

I'm picking up a la bresse trio next week! Yay!

Nice one pal, please you have decided on a breed.

I bred La Bresse a few years ago and get asked for them all the time.
The problem is most breeders are aiming for eggs (to sell hatching eggs) not duel purpose birds,
Mine weee as good a layer as leghorns and hefty cockerels as well, but I had fertility problems.

Macgro7, I know you will be breeding  for meat qualities and I'm sure they will do well for you.
« Last Edit: March 19, 2017, 10:07:44 am by Dave C »

Dave C

  • Joined Aug 2014
  • Teesdale, Co Durham
Re: Breeding for Meat or Eggs
« Reply #607 on: March 19, 2017, 09:53:11 am »
Well one of the breasts did 3 of us in the stir fry.

The flavour was lovely  :yum:

Dave C

  • Joined Aug 2014
  • Teesdale, Co Durham
Re: Breeding for Meat or Eggs
« Reply #608 on: March 19, 2017, 07:51:32 pm »
They are due on 25th mate + the I.G. eggs i got.
Just hoping i get a better result than the posted eggs i got from ebay.

Will get pictures on if its a decent hatch  :thumbsup:

Have you candled them yet mate?
How they looking?

snowyriver

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Montgomeryshire
Re: Breeding for Meat or Eggs
« Reply #609 on: March 20, 2017, 09:43:50 am »

Bit P****d off today,came home from town  and my incubator has gone wrong and my eggs are fried,incy had soared to 42`c, took eggs out and candled them but no movement at all  :gloomy:

only had it serviced a few weeks before loading it up !!!!

Only had 1 week left til hatching,hoping the other incy keeps going  :hshoe:

How are things looking by now?
Were you able to relocate the eggs and keep the embryos alive?
Temperature of 42'C in the incubator for a short while shouldn't have affected the growing embryos, however had the temperature inside the eggs risen to 42'C it would have been fatal.

Charlie1234

  • Joined Feb 2017
  • Llaithddu,powys
Re: Breeding for Meat or Eggs
« Reply #610 on: March 20, 2017, 12:22:22 pm »
Most of the eggs were knackered,candled them + no movement.
Barnevelders and La Bresse,
I did manage to save 9 by putting them in my other incy but they are due to hatch this week so had to borrow an incy for the 9 eggs i saved.

Hi Dave C
I have candled the IG eggs and I have 8 or 9 fertile + several barnies.
Just hoping for a decent hatch

I suppose it could have been a lot worse
5 Dogs,5 cats,3 geese,26 and counting chickens,4 badger faced sheep

Dave C

  • Joined Aug 2014
  • Teesdale, Co Durham
Re: Breeding for Meat or Eggs
« Reply #611 on: March 20, 2017, 06:52:15 pm »
Sounds like your having a rough time of it pal.

I feel your frustration, I had loads of incy problems last year.

Fingers crossed you get something out at the end of the week  :fc:

Charlie1234

  • Joined Feb 2017
  • Llaithddu,powys
Re: Breeding for Meat or Eggs
« Reply #612 on: March 20, 2017, 08:18:09 pm »
New parts are ordered and should be here in the morning.
So should be good for another 12 months  :fc:

Might have to get another new incy as a back up  :innocent:
5 Dogs,5 cats,3 geese,26 and counting chickens,4 badger faced sheep

Charlie1234

  • Joined Feb 2017
  • Llaithddu,powys
Re: Breeding for Meat or Eggs
« Reply #613 on: March 22, 2017, 09:37:01 am »
New parts are ordered and should be here in the morning.
So should be good for another 12 months  :fc:

Might have to get another new incy as a back up  :innocent:

Got my new car from garage and decided to take a nice drive to visit family+ friends,had a lovely day out  :thumbsup:

Until i got home,my second incy has packed up just days short of hatching,eggs were cold,so been off for quite a time  :rant:

Candled and warm water tested the eggs and every one is dead !!

Then the parts for the 2nd incy were delivered and they are the wrong ones  :gloomy:

Was so  looking forward to my Barnie + I.G Chicks.
5 Dogs,5 cats,3 geese,26 and counting chickens,4 badger faced sheep

Dave C

  • Joined Aug 2014
  • Teesdale, Co Durham
Re: Breeding for Meat or Eggs
« Reply #614 on: March 22, 2017, 07:59:06 pm »
Oh no mate, that's terrible news  :gloomy:

So what dose that leave you with?

 

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