broiler day



Tomorrow morning, starting out at 4.30am with a farming friend who also raises chickens, I'm going to my first abattoir. With my meat chickens aboard. 

This has been fascinating. These quick growing meat chickens kinda challenged my slow food mentality, and we'll try a slightly different breed next time I think, but in my heart I know they've been carefully raised, fed wholesome and chemical-free food, and lived in a healthy environment. We intend their slaughter to be conducted as quickly and humanely as possible. 

You typically process a meat bird at about 2.5kgs. Dad, Adam and I weighed a couple of our birds today and they averaged about 5kg. They're hefty and buxom things, these chicks. 

I fed them cooked wheat for the last couple of weeks and they dived on it. 



Better go to bed, heinously early start for a non morning person. Adam would have taken them, but I really wanted to see this whole process through for myself this time around. 

And there's always morning coffee. 

Which I'm going to need as I'll also be driving a station wagon with a trailer attached for the first time (at 4.30am, did I mention that?) It's an hour and a half to the abattoir and we are booked in for 6am.

(It potentially has black comedy short film all over it. Here's hoping for uneventful.)


13 Comments on “broiler day
December 12, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Good luck! Will you be selling any? They look like happy (delicious LOL) birds 🙂

Darren (Green Change)
December 12, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Too cool! How many weeks old are they now?

They look exactly like the chickens in your blog banner! Buxom indeed – I’m admiring those chests.

Can’t wait to see what you think of the end product.

December 13, 2011 at 7:51 am

Oh good luck to you!

December 13, 2011 at 8:11 am

I haven’t been to a poultry abattoir, only a cattle one and boy was that an experience! Here’s to some good trailor luck – you really are a farmer now!

December 13, 2011 at 1:57 pm

I hope it all goes well! A friend raises her own chickens for meat and they are SO GOOD. So good.

December 13, 2011 at 2:38 pm

They’re some freaky lookin’ chickens you’ve got there Fi! Definitely look plump and tasty though so I hope all goes well tomorrow! So pleased to hear that the Adman is back for good too. Lovely for everyone. xx J.

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December 13, 2011 at 5:19 pm

So beautiful chickens. I like your picture. It such a beautiful. Here every picture looking awesome. I like it, It such a beautiful.

Alex Nolan
December 13, 2011 at 9:19 pm

How many are you taking? Whenever we need to dispatch for table purposes we do it ourselves. Dad will do ‘the deed’ and then I will draw them. Unfortunately ours are not big enough to eat for Christmas dinner, but we have previously had one of our own for Christmas – and it was delicious! Hope your early morning proves fruitful! x

December 14, 2011 at 5:06 am

We used to take ours to be done locally, but since they closed down, we do it ourselves, well hubby and the kids do it, I just cook the finished product.
Hope all goes well, seeing at is now 5am you will already be on your way!

December 14, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Re: TypePad: [inner pickle] Darren (Green Change) submitted a comment on broiler day

8 weeks old, and the ones on the banner are my white leghorns! (who are being way way outnumbered by the incoming Isa Browns but never mind!) xx

December 20, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Fabulous! Are they destined for your table? Hope it all went well.

Aussie Mum
December 21, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Well done – hope it all went well. I like the idea of home grown meat birds but have to admit that I would probably get a little attached to them. How many do you need in a batch for the abattoir to process them?

December 21, 2011 at 4:32 pm

I think Thirlmere abattoir has no minimum limit. Its the smallest, kookiest place! And interestingly, considering how terribly attached I am to my laying flock, I really didnt get attached to these ones. Different purpose perhaps?


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