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Posted: Sunday 9 January, 2011

by Rosemary at 11:16am in Poultry Comments closed

We killed the last of the Hubbards on Thursday - 5 hens and one cockerel. They were about 14 weeks old. Dressed, the weights were 2.5kg, 2.8kg, 2.9kg, 3.0kg, 3.2kg and a whopping 3.9kg, total 18.3kg. I did discard quite a lot of internal fat during dressing.

We bought 12 day olds for £18; one broke a leg and had to be culled. We killed the other five, all cockerels, before Christmas. At 11 weeks old, they ranged from 2.62kg to 3.14kg and totalled 14.3kg. Grand total 32.6kg of prime chicken carcase.

It took us about 30 minutes to kill them and 30 minutes to clean them - we're getting quicker - but the plucking took Dan and his dad about 2 hours. In the cold.

I will look back my invoices in the next few days and see how much feed, bedding etc we put into them. I don't think we can compete on price with the supermarkets, but that's not why we do it.

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