I finally slapped together a well working chicken processing area under our carport for a shade area. I have a lot of improvements I would like to make but this really worked well to get us started at a cheap cost. The only thing not pictured is a turkey fryer that we bought at an auction for scalding the chickens for plucking. most everything is recycled stuff or auction finds including the nice stainless steel sink we scored for $30. Click images for more explanation. We have since processed 17 birds (to be sold soon). It's such a great thing. Just yesterday we had another young rooster causing chaos and our setup is so easy to whip things out for one bird. The only difference being that I hand plucked the roo instead of breaking out the pluck-er. Hand plucking isn't too hard but it sure is tedious. He put up a good chase in the yard. He was a 4 month old easter egger roo. He went right from evisceration to the grill for an afternoon meal. It was the best chicken I ever tasted and very rewarding :D I started off being slow and anal in cleaning the birds. My second day doing it I managed to get a lot faster at it. We also did 6 midget white turkeys. I tell ya things are much more quiet and peaceful around here already.
Our prize girl Star has had her babies and they are up for sale. They were born on Fathers Day June 11th so they won't be ready to go until August 15th at the earliest since they still need mom's milk but they can be reserved in advance with a deposit. She had a baby boy "Ricky Bobby" and a girl "Lucy." They will both be registered, tattooed, and have their CDT vaccination. They have also been dis-budded. Our herd is tested CAE free. Ricky Bobby is going to make a great breed quality buck so he will be left intact.
Star milks over a gallon per day. You can see the size of her udder in one of the photos and it was taken mid day after the morning milking. She's crazy huge in the mornings. Star's registered name is Nitro and her lineage can be seen here. She's from the well known "Bo Jangles." The father "Harry" is also from top lines out of Dewmar Acres and his lineage can be seen here. They are going to make great additions to a new herd. We just don't have the room too keep all the babies. We wish we could. Please visit our Farm Store Page to reserve.