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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 4:45 pm 
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I have been wondering how best to use the baby (4wk old) roosters that I no longer want/need. I would like to make them into pet food but not sure how best to do this. Does anyone have any ideas or do this themselves. I don't really want the dogs/cats to just see the alive chickens as pet food as I want them to leave our chickens alone so need to disguise the baby chickens somehow.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:32 pm 
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well you could ether kill them at the size they are n ow, which may n ot be very big dependent upon their breed, or grow them for a bit longer

kill them by either breaking their necks or chopping off their heads

skin them, by making a small cut near their cloaca (bottom hole) and removing skin with feathers and all

then you can cook hte meat in a saucepan wtih some vegetable an rice (remove the cooked bones)

discard skin feathers and guts to bin

the meat will be good for hte dog to eat and will not be recognisable as chicken to them

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 1:05 am 
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like caladenia said, remove feathers by skinning is the easiest, then feed it to the dog. Cooking it, won't benefit the dog but raw bones flesh etc will.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 1:08 pm 
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Ok Thanks. Will try and skin them - haven't ever done that before. They are anconas.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 6:50 pm 
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I hadn't considered cooking them up like quail when they are really small. Mmm honey soy 'quail'

Now that needs marketing but would be a good use of the cockerels instead of putting them through a macerator

Would need a fancier name than cockerel

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:33 pm 
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What do the egg hatchers amongst us normally do? Of 15 2 week kid chicks I've identified 2 roosters so far. Are they any good to eat once a couple of months old?

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2016 8:47 am 
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benen wrote:
What do the egg hatchers amongst us normally do? Of 15 2 week kid chicks I've identified 2 roosters so far. Are they any good to eat once a couple of months old?


I raise them them until about 20-25 weeks (or the crowing becomes intolerable) then process them for the pot or freezer.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2016 12:21 pm 
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And they taste OK?

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they taste better than ok, they are delicious!!

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2016 10:50 pm 
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Haha. Perfect. We are one a while ago but it was much older than 20 weeks and not as good as I was hoping.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2016 9:32 am 
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They can get a bit tough if left too long however still ok if slow cooked or stewed


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:31 pm 
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Sounds promising. Better in my belly than wasted for being born male!

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I'm just getting back into chickens again after buying 3 buff Sussex and a rooster. I've now bought 24 day olds (silver & gold Wyandottes and Araucana) and have 20 faverolles ordered. All excess Roos to my needs will go into the freezer for meals, easy to dispatch and clean and I know they're not full of growth hormones


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