home for. Poor Poof-Ball Head.
The dual-purpose roos were about 15 weeks old, and we kept them whole because they were smaller – they averaged about 3lbs dressed. The Cornish were only 6 weeks old, and we pieced all of them out to “usable” cuts (someday I might use all of the bird, putting the necks and feet and innards into a pot to make stock, but I haven't reached that point yet). Their boneless breasts alone weighed about 1lb... each! Their pieces are bigger than what you'd buy in a store but otherwise look exactly like them. The dual-purpose roos are much smaller and have way more dark meat. But they're both way more flavorful and tender and delicious than anything I've purchased at a store! Plus we know they're healthy and lived happy lives outside on the grass like nature intended. And we've got more than enough chicken to last us a whole year... so much, in fact, that we're selling it at $3/lb if you're interested :)
The bad news: I forgot to take any pictures! I wanted to document everything for the blog, but I ended up being too focused on what I was doing, which I guess is a good thing. But I do have pictures of the birds before and after:
Cornish Cross - fat, lazy, and ready to become food:
and a tom to breed our own in the future. As for the meat chickens – if we get Cornish Cross for free again from the school, we'll take them, but I haven't decided yet if we'll buy them or a more sustainable and hardy breed like “Freedom Rangers”. There are too many pros and cons for each – perhaps we'll save that for another post? :)