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Are any of you chicken keepers also chicken eaters?

(17 Posts)
Hathor Wed 25-Mar-09 22:19:12

Do you keep them just for the eggs / as pets, or do you keep them for eating? Just curious.

BCNS Wed 25-Mar-09 22:24:14

eggs/ hens are also pets. boys are eaters

paranoidmother Wed 25-Mar-09 22:35:08

we do eggs and if I was allowed at least 6 of the damn boys would be in the freezer!!!! (If they wake me up fighting one more time...)

Aefondkiss Wed 25-Mar-09 22:38:49

ours are just productive pets, we just never really eat chicken, maybe once a year at most.

bronze Tue 31-Mar-09 20:49:11

have a few in the freezer but won't be hatching this year with impending baby and housemove. The ones we eat though are a different set to my layers who all have names and are more pet like

mrsrawlinson Tue 02-Jun-09 19:01:56

But does keeping chickens put you off eating chicken full stop?

Hassled Tue 02-Jun-09 19:10:02

Just for eggs. I do eat chicken, and it is only free-range these days, but not my chicken. Having a chicken hasn't put me off eating chicken at all. They're nice and all, but not so nice that I couldn't bear to eat one .

mrsrawlinson Tue 02-Jun-09 19:15:25

Oh good!

PremenstrualChickens Wed 03-Jun-09 12:48:04

I don't eat my own (they're pekin bantams, not so much as a nugget between them! grin) but I do eat chicken. I am more picky now, though, and will only buy free range whole birds, and ready meals are out.

burge1 Fri 05-Jun-09 21:48:58

No, I keep chickens, couldn't eat them or any other though!

meltedmarsbars Sat 06-Jun-09 12:11:59

Keep hens and eat their eggs. Will get dh to neck the cockerels when they get to 5 months for the freezer (he doesn't know this yet but probably suspects)

paranoidmother Sat 06-Jun-09 12:17:35

have been told the quickest way to neck the chickens is with a broom handle , my friend has been doing this to her ill chickens.

ihatethecold Sun 07-Jun-09 12:01:32

make sure you leave them to hang for a week with thier heads on . less mess and better flavour.

meltedmarsbars Sun 07-Jun-09 21:23:33

Hanging in warm weather? hmm

cazboldy Sun 07-Jun-09 21:28:29

covered in netting or something similar to stop flies - and somewhere cold ideally smile

pinkmagic1 Mon 08-Jun-09 10:06:47

We have had a few surplus cocks who have gone to the chicken coop in the sky! We ate one last night in fact and he was delicious! I always ask one of my husbands friends to come and sort them out for me though, but am considering getting another coop especially for meat birds and learning how to do it myself.

ihatethecold Mon 08-Jun-09 13:50:10

ours hung in our garage for a week but it was winter.

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