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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 2:44 pm 
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No need to cross breed to get nice birds for eating. I know Ruff has posted pics of Indian Games dressed in the past. So I thought I would start a thread discussing purebreds for meat production.

This is a Pile Australian Game bantam cockerel

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about 20 weeks old, forgot to weigh him - will need to do that afterwards. More than enough for two though. I suspect that we will roast this fellow.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 3:00 pm 
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Looks like he'll be mighty tasty :) I'm jealous :)

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 5:31 pm 
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Very well plucked!
(Puts my efforts on Muscovy to shame. :hiding)


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 5:35 pm 
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I don't have any pictures as it was a couple of years ago, but I dressed a couple of young d'uccle & d'anver cocks...

Obviously they were not going to feed a whole family, more like a meal for one but I was impressed with the decent amount of meat covering the breast... They really were like a plump little pidgeon - Although plucking seemed to be a bit over the top... I finished the last few by completely skinning them.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 10:08 am 
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Location: drought or flooding rain with the random bushfire storm = yep thats about it for here
blackleghorn = good picture :-D

I should have taken a pic of Christmas Dinner 2012 - one of the Orpington ckls = I was asked "Is that a turkey?" :laughing
dressed weight 4kg - I believe that is equivalent to a size 40 chook :-D :thumbs:

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 10:32 am 
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Idid some buff Orpington's awhile back amazing amount off meat on them compaired to others.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:23 pm 
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I processed 12 last weekend that I got from "Grabby" and Mr Grabby.

Australorp, Marans, and a few mixed ones. I didn't pluck these just skinned them as too many to try to pluck by hand. Australorps dressed out to between 2.0-2.6kg and the Marans were more like 1.5-1.8kg.

Excellent breast and thigh coverage.



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:59 pm 
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A lot of BYPers who enjoy home grown chicken.

Here is a Leghorn cockerel 18 weeks old as Marylands and breast fillets.

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Still a useful meal or two (not much breast meat though).


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 2:18 pm 
Ron,

How old was your Australorp?

I processed one last week at 25 weeks, it tasted good not much breast maet andt it weighed 1.7 kg.

It did not eat much in comparion to the Indian game cockerals I am raising.

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QChick wrote:
Ron,

How old was your Australorp?

I processed one last week at 25 weeks, it tasted good not much breast maet andt it weighed 1.7 kg.

It did not eat much in comparion to the Indian game cockerals I am raising.

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Not 100% sure as they weren't mine, Grabby on here gave them to me as she had way too many boys and her or Mr Grabby just couldn't process them for themselves. Guess they would have been about the same as yours or possibly a few weeks older,
I do have one of my own that is about 19 weeks now, and he is still not crowing yet so will be a few more weeks until he "goes", will weigh him out,

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 1:51 pm 
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I eat my excess Pekin cockerels. There is more meat on the small birds than you might think, and the Pekins are built like barrels anyway.

This is a 2year old rooster with an attitude problem on the left, and a cockerel on the right for comparison. The rooster was a full kilo, but very fat. The rooster made a delicious Coq au Vin cooked in a dutch oven on a camp fire. We couldn't tell his meat from the two cockerels that went in with him., not tough at all!
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Here is a ten month old cockerel, 850g, roasted in the slow cooker.
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Here is the same bird having donated a Maryland to that night's dinner, and all the veggies which were roasted with him. Nothing like veggies soaked in chicken fat!
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I can usually split a Pekin cockerel between two, but if you're a big meat fan then have one all to yourself, they're just the right size!

Mmm... hungry now...

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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 6:21 pm 
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Barnevelder cockerel, approx 25 weeks, dressed at just over 1.5kg (1553g).

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And with a stubby cooler for visual reference

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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 9:58 pm 
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i really like my barnies to eat but the tastiest ones are the faverolles.

IG over faverolle girls make for uber tasty backyarders.


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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 4:17 pm 
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I processed my Australorp boy the other night, along with a Welsummer and a Rhode Island Red (mean sod he was.), I skun these.

Australorp was 3.2kg, Welsummer 2.2kg and RIR 2.9kg these were fed up on a Laucke meatbird mix and have put on some nice meat although the RIR was very fatty around the back end. All hatched at the same time back on about November 20 I think, so around 5.5 months old.



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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 3:05 pm 
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rotten_66 wrote:
I processed 12 last weekend that I got from "Grabby" and Mr Grabby.

Australorp, Marans, and a few mixed ones. I didn't pluck these just skinned them as too many to try to pluck by hand. Australorps dressed out to between 2.0-2.6kg and the Marans were more like 1.5-1.8kg.

Excellent breast and thigh coverage.



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so rotten_66 since you said it out loud in type even and they sound to have been a decent weight; does this mean if we cannot home some more in the future we can meat-up again?

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