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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 6:40 pm 
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Hey gang,

Having not been able to give away a couple of roos and not being able to keep them I took my first step into using the good old axe. The sticky post at the top of this forum about slaughtering and dressing a chook was invaluable and I thank who ever wrote and put it there.

Chook #1 was rather traumatic for me I'll admit and my girlfriend (who has some experience doing) was in tears with my.... how do I put it.... freak-out once it was beheaded! Took me a few minutes to talk myself around to the plucking stage.

Chook #2 was much easier and I reckon I’d hardly flinch at the next one.

Axe to fringe went from about 40min for the first to 25 for the second.

I'd not want to do it every day, but I feel proud that we have put them to good use (Easter roasts with the family).

Anyhow, my point here was just a general question about the range of weights people end up with.

My roos were from an Austraorp x unknown roo and IsaB hens. So a decent size. They started crowing about a month back.

Roo # 1 was 1.57kg and #2 was 1.43kg (dressed, less lower legs). They seemed pretty meaty to me, though not quite like a supermarket chook (much less fatty and a really nice dark meat).

How about others? What are some of the bigger you've had?

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 11:05 pm 
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I did a 6 month old Australorp a few weeks back he came in dressed weight at 2.1 kgs. Masses of meat and his bones were massive compared to a supermarket chook. He matured early and had been crowing and visiting the ladies for some time so he was tough and dry. I have a couple of more boys I have to do and I have left them too long too, so I'll just do them for the dogs. Next time round I wont leave them so long.

Would of loved to witness your "freak out" :rofl:

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 11:24 pm 
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Well this is probably off your topic,but I bought a Bilo cooked chook,
The recipe called for 400grams of 'left over chook'[ Ha Ha -not in this house-hold]
So I got every bit of meat off and it weighed in total 305 grams. :shock:

Was really amazed[so was pocket] as I had never weighed the cooked /supermarket
chook before,and that was meat only.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 1:31 am 
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You probably won't belive me but we have had 6 mth old malays dress out at 3.5kg I would not let them get that heavy again as they become to tough.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 9:51 am 
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I believe you William. Malay scare the pants off me :bolt: freaky looking critters :P

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 6:49 pm 
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Ive had big meat chooks 2.5kgs and 3kgs dressed, but thats what they are designed for, little eating machines they are! I can believe Williams Malay size, I look at the drumsticks on my boy everyday in amazement :shock: And the 2.1kg Australorp at 6 months was brilliant! Ive eaten alot of my Australorp boys and found the only way to cook them was in oven bags, they remained nice a tender, if you didnt they were a bit tough....compared to a meat chook which it didnt seem to matter what way you cooked it, it always came out beautiful, again I guess thats what they are meant for :D


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Michelle

PS I can realate to the freaking out thing! My first "kill" was a buff turkey gobbler and I didnt know whether to cry or throw up! Thankfully I did neither and we end up with a freezer full of yummy turkey :lol:

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