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#1 2017-08-02 18:50:11

shaneb99
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From: Strathmore
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Harvesting

Yesterday I did 11 rabbits, today we are doing the first 1/2 of the Broilers, 22.  They are bigger than I expected.  This is week 10 and we usually do them in 3 batches at 8 - 10 - 12 weeks but at 8 weeks they didn't look that big now that we have the feathers off they look as big as we want so we're going to do 1/2 today and 1/2 Friday. I need a day to rest in between lol...


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#2 2017-08-02 23:08:38

shaneb99
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Re: Harvesting

The ones today were between 7 and 8.5 lbs. So now we are thinking of waiting until Monday or Tuesday and only doing 1/2 of the remaining 25 and the rest at the end of the week so we have some nice big roasters.


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#3 2017-08-02 23:28:23

shaneb99
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Re: Harvesting

One other note. From capturing to killing to scalding to plucking and gutting took 2 of us 3 hours for 22 birds.  That doesn't include a couple more hours of clean up and getting the birds ready for the freezer.

The Tschetter Hutterite Colony is about 35 miles from us and I think they charge $4.50 - $5 to process a bird.  The 22 would have cost roughly $100 to get done.   We weren't even making minimum wage.


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#4 2017-08-03 00:35:34

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From: just north of Yorkton, Sk
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Re: Harvesting

Congrats on what appears to be a stupendous "harvest" 
wissle  you wouldn't have any pics we could drool over would you?


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#5 2017-08-03 01:16:58

susanr
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From: Grenfell, Saskatchewan
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Re: Harvesting

Very nice sizes!  A very good harvest indeed. :thumbsup:


Friend to 2 house cats, 3 long-haired mini dachshunds, one outside cat, one guard dog, a few Dorking chickens, several  Isa Brown laying hens, some mutt chickens and 3 mules.  Jobs include gardener and assistant bee keeper.

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#6 2017-08-03 10:48:08

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Re: Harvesting

That sure is a great harvest.  We take ours out for processing now.  It's just too much prep and clean up and, if not processed at an inspected facility, I cant sell or feed it to anyone that does not live in this household.


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#7 2017-08-03 10:56:15

jocelyn
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Re: Harvesting

Hubby made us a plucker, so that's a big help.  We will do some Friday, then depending on the sizes, we'll do the rest Sunday or wait a week.  Ours are 7.5 weeks, and a bit bigger than last years' ones for age.
Last yar we did them up at 8, 9, and 10 weeks, and some were too big.  This year they are not getting much grass, so they are eating more feed.......wish it would rain.

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#8 2017-08-03 11:34:01

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Re: Harvesting

Sorry, forgot the picture.

https://s6.postimg.org/wi1geyrip/DSCF0124.jpg

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#9 2017-08-03 22:20:08

shaneb99
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Re: Harvesting

I didn't think to take a picture when we were doing them but I pulled a couple out of the freezer.
https://image.ibb.co/nxx3CF/IMG_6153.jpg


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#10 2017-08-03 23:06:13

Tegaan
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Re: Harvesting

What kind of bags do you use shaneb99? Do they work well? Where do you get them? Is that just marked with sharpie?

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#11 2017-08-04 17:22:04

shaneb99
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Re: Harvesting

We use Co-op freezer bags called Centsible. They have the Co-op logo on the package so I don't know if you can get them anywhere else. It's hard to find non-ziplock freezer bags.

And that's just a Sharpie. After we bag them we weigh on a kitchen scale I bought at a place in Calgary Chinatown and write the weight on the bag so we know how long to cook them for.


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#12 2017-08-04 19:20:18

jocelyn
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Re: Harvesting

Those are nice birds Shane.  We did 6 today at 52 days old, 4 pounds 15 oz to 7 pounds 4 oz, so 31 pounds for the 6.  Will do a few more Sunday, then wait a week for some roasters.  We had a hen with water belly, so thought we better kill the biggest ones now.  Ours are in grocery bags, so hard to take a piture, can't see much, grin.

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