The chicken killing season is over for another year. We sold all but six for ourselves and for everyone to taste when they come back to the ranch. George wanted to sell most of them to build up clientele.
We could have sold 100 more easily. Today we had a few larger ones averaging 5lbs so mainly had 4-5lbers and a few 3lbers.
George and I learned a lot and hope to improve the operation next year. We definitely would not have been successful without the help of our friends today.
We are thinking of 2 batches of chickens next year. We will send out letters earlier in the year to get an idea of demand and if anyone wants to come help- we pay in chickens!
We are tired and happy we actually succeeded at this new ranch enterprise.
Just a chicken update. We got a late start- the heating element went out of the scalder- so we took an old lick tub and put it on the base of the turkey cooker and it heated the water nice. The chicken plucker is amazing and fast. We did 104 birds in 3 hours including bagging and weighing. Our neighbors are helping us tomorrow for the last 75 birds. It is ideal to have 6-7 people helping- we are paying in birds. I got “my groove on” with eviscerating and did 35 birds myself. It goes fast and is not very stinky since the plucker even gets the smallest feathers off the birds. Average weight is around 4 lbs, a few 3 and a few 5 lbs. Tommorrow we will finish and be done for this season.