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Pops wrote:Prolly a good idea to set a pan with some chlorine water or other disinfectant at the gate to the pen so you can wash your off boots (and your hands too I guess) after working with the sick birds; it’s a common practice on big ranches.
what is the best use that can be made of the skins/feathers/ heads/feet?
CarlinsDarlin wrote:what is the best use that can be made of the skins/feathers/ heads/feet?
Hmm. Got me there. In Japan, chicken feet are eaten, along with many of the innards - I saw something on it on food network the other night. Pretty disgusting to me but then again, I probably eat things they wouldn't like either.
Many of the guts can be used as catfish bait - in fact a neighbor offered to help us butcher the roosters just for the guts - he fishes a lot. He ended up not being able to help because he was out of town, so he didnt get them. We did feed the catfish in the pond, though .
As for the feathers, heads, and feet ... they were discarded. I don't have a clue what could be done with them. If you plucked the chickens and had skins without feathers, you can grill them or broil them in the oven, and dogs love them as treats. Anytime I cook chicken that still has the skin, I take it off, and do exactly that. We don't need the extra calories or fat, and the dogs love them.
Of course, if you went to all the trouble to pluck the birds, you may want to leave the skins in tact. Personally I just skin them. Too much trouble to pluck them.
skyemoor wrote:Has anyone read Joel Salatin's book Pastured Poutry Profits? If so, any comments?
Ludi wrote:skyemoor wrote:Has anyone read Joel Salatin's book Pastured Poutry Profits? If so, any comments?
Yes, I think it's a very helpful book. Though I think his pasture houses need improvement, especially for hot climates. I went with a different design, that seems to work fairly well, except we haven't quite worked out the wheels for moving them easily.
I also like Salatin's You Can Farm.
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