Saturday, August 15, 2009
A Bit Lonesome
It's a bit lonely in the barnyard.The white meat chickens have found their way into plastic freezer bags.I miss seeing them sprawled out on the lush green lawn like picnic'rs in pretty white party dresses.It was a beautiful sight in the early morning mists .But, they were BIG girls! One single breast was 2 1/2 lbs ! Most of these chickens were 9 - 10 lbs.dressed.
Meat chickens are hybrids and will continue to gain weight until their legs break from under them or they just keel over dead. Occasionally they develope green muscle disease-a greening of the muscle tissue , usually on both sides of the sternum. It's believed that is because of the rapid growth rate.These were only 11 or 12 weeks old.