Last Friday was the day that we harvested the nine extra roosters received when ordering a straight run of 25 chickens from the Welp Hatchery. As I mentioned in my post on the chicken tractor, I was waiting for them to grow into a delicious size.
The harvesting process involved getting in the chicken tractor and catching the roosters. They were then processed by an enterprising 12 year old home schooler and his two younger brothers. The butchering was done humanely and without incident as the boys had prior experience raising 70 meat birds of their own. Next, I let the roosters age in the refrigerator for two days before roasting one and freezing the rest.
Chicken Breeds Raised
After ordering our chickens straight run from the hatchery, I needed a place to keep the extra roosters until they grew to a delicious size. Commercial chickens only live a couple of months. My roosters would live several months in the summer and into the fall. I decided to build them a moveable pen, called a chicken tractor. The chicken tractor has the following benefits.
Benefits of a Chicken Tractor
- Allows birds to have fresh air and sunshine.
- Provides access to pasture.
- Moveable so that birds don’t destroy the pasture by over grazing.
- Keeps the chickens safe from predators.