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Predator resistant chicken notes

day of the chicken 2010These new dark cornish chickens we've been pasturing are said to be more predator resistant than most birds.

We've yet to see any signs of predator trouble thanks to Lucy and the new K9 electric fence strand.

What predator resistant really means for this operation is a substantial increase in the challenge to catch your bird when it's time to process.

It gets easier with practice, but I think we'll experiment with a different breed next time.

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Grab them off their roost at night and crate them till morning. It helps as well this way that they are not feeding in the hours before you clean them.
Comment by brett Tue Jun 15 18:06:35 2010
We considered that, but eight was just too many to fit in our two little crates. Instead, we shut them in their house, which kept them off food, but was a little large for Mark to catch them in. There was a lot of squawking... :-)
Comment by anna Tue Jun 15 18:49:56 2010

If the catching is the hardest part, you're doing pretty well. I bet they are tasty, regardless. Enjoy

Comment by brett Tue Jun 15 19:36:30 2010

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