- Jan 25, 2014
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Isn't this the truth. I did cornish cross once. ONCE. Those fat jerks ate way more than their worth in feed, died from sheer stupidity, were 900x stinkier than normal chicken, and didn't manage to make a great weight before slaughter day despite eating an unimaginably huge amount of food. They managed to stumble out of their pen one time and destroyed an entire garden bed just eating away.My grandparents were very similar to @baymule . Today, you can buy dressed chickens cheaper than buying the chicks/feed. Not going to get into the quality. I have a friend that goes on this tangent every so often. Spend about 7 days talking him off of the ledge. I’ve shown Him the spread sheet on costs-that’s with me supplying the hardware.
My garden is a profitable proposition but I believe most people would be financially better off to buy their produce. Gardening is a life style, not a jump in and jump out-as we all know.
I was glad to slaughter them, and for the price of raising them myself I could have bought super fancy high-end meat from the grocery store, already cleaned and plucked!
It was the best chicken I've ever hard in my life though. The flavor was amazing. I don't know if it was the sweet, sweet taste of relief and financial savings, or if the meat was actually that good though.
This year I've got tons and tons of silkie eggs in the incubator, and I'll slaughter any males that come out of it. They might not have the great weights, fast growth, or even the flavor of cornish cross, but they also eat practically nothing for that growth. I'll take it.