I have read that they forage better with other breeds around to set an example:
Burra, I assumed Portugal would have traditional breeds of meat chickens. You mention naked necks, are there others?
My dad had a method for plucking fowl: campstove in the back yard with a stock pot of paraffin, which would get melted over low heat. A 5 gal bucket of icewater. Hold bird carcass by head or neck, submerge into the paraffin a couple times then a dunk in the ice water. Peel the feathers off in big chunks. One could then chuck the dried globs back into the hot paraffin to remelt, and just skim out most of the feathers.
T. Pierce wrote:
thats different i never heard of using paraffin before. thanks for the suggestion.
Jami McBride wrote:
One more thing ....
I've heard you have to feed these guys different than chickens, and reading Paul's preference for paddock-free-ranging - what, if anything, were you all feeding these birds?
I love the idea of a totally natural/wild diet for all animals. If we are going to eat from them their diet becomes very important, any ideas on this?
I ran into the Nutrina feed rep at the Tractor supply. She asked what I was looking for, I explained cheapest feed for chickens and ducks...will horse pellets work? It seems to have all the same ingredants as bird feed with the exception of a sweetner. She said its all the same just check the protien levels.
Guess what? the birds and our one dog now eat chicken crumbles,fowl pellets,cracked corn & horse pellets. I also toss in snails,worms and grass'es. Today the chickes got a treat, scraps from the prior evenings chicken supper.
Next week I'm going on the search for straight oats~