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Old 09-19-2018, 09:44 PM   #1
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Sorry, picture heavy!
I've raised these in the past, with great luck, so decided to do another batch this year.
I feed the game hens a special diet to flavor the meat while "on the hoof". It worked pretty well last time so I went with the same feed. A blend of garlic, ginger, scallion, corn for fat and garden veggies. They also ate grasshoppers and any bugs they could catch.

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I started with day old Cornish Rocks..



Built a pvc/chickenwire pen to move them around the farm...



The special corn, garlic, ginger, scallion feed..











I process the birds at 1 1/2 to 2 lbs.



Used my home made chicken plucker...



set up the scald water...





A minute or two in the plucker...





cleaned and ready to chill...



chilled overnight and bagged for the freezer...





I took a couple with me while camping...



made a wild rice, water chestnut blend...



added chicken stock and set the flavored game hens on top...





shoveled a few hot coals on top and settled down with a beer...





In about an hour, the birds were ready...





The flavored birds, rice and garden tomatoes...



I really like these....





The flavors came through again. I'll be raising more in the future.

Again, sorry for so many pics, but thanks for looking!
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Old 09-19-2018, 09:49 PM   #2
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Absolutely awesome post. Thanks for all the pron.
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Nice going jeanie,was ready to hit the hay, now i have to eat something first.
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Absolutely awesome post. Thanks for all the pron.
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Nice going jeanie,was ready to hit the hay, now i have to eat something first.

lol Thanks Leonard! I'm heading to bed too.
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Jeanie, you never have to appologize for all the pix, great looking cook.
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Thank you Marty, very kind of you!
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That is all around awesome!
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That is all around awesome!
Thanks Tom! They should last me through winter. :)
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That was a beautiful story until...ummm until it turned. Do not show this to young children.

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Nice job. Love the plucker. I started to build one, then I realized, I could sell them for more than I thought they were worth. And I didn't have to butcher them.
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Nice job. Love the plucker. I started to build one, then I realized, I could sell them for more than I thought they were worth. And I didn't have to butcher them.
Thanks Josh! The plucker has been handy. I can process a bird in under 2 minutes. Saves so much time!
The homegrown birds are nice to have year round.
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Wow. That's awesome, Jeanie.

I was about to ask some dumb question about how the feed tweaked the flavors (I've always been curious about this when dealing with egg-laying chickens, too)... but it looks like the flavors really carried through!

You should flash freeze those, as some of us would love to get our grubby mitts on a couple (just for comparison's sake).

Enjoy! Thanks for sharing your process!
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Looks like your hens eat better than most of us. Awesome looking cook.
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