We moved our third batch of broilers up to pasture today. The oldest group will be ready for slaughter next Thursday. I am more than ready for some fresh chicken.
Speaking of chickens, I figured it was about time for another farm education post. After this, you will hopefully speak fluent chicken!
Rooster: male domestic fowl
Hen: female domestic fowl
Pullet: female under a year old
Chick: young chicken
Bantam: small variety of chicken (think pinschers and mini pins)
Broiler: chicken raised for meat
Layer: chicken raise for eggs
Dual-purpose: a chicken breed used for eggs or meat
Comb: fleshy crown on top of the head
Wattles: flesh that dangles under the beak
We got a new rooster today. He was a city rooster who’s owner’s neighbors didn’t appreciate his crowing. I’m not a fan of chickens, but I do like him. According to my “Know Your Chickens” book, silkies are native to Asia (probably why I like him) and were originally sold as a rabbit-chicken hybrid. Only in Asia… Also, their meat is a grey-black color and the females do not lay any eggs during the summer months. This isn’t him, but it’s what he looks like.
I am calling him Sir Fluffkins. I know you aren’t supposed to name farm animals, but since we don’t eat the roosters, I figured it would be OK. He’ll get his own post of pictures one day soon. He’s just that cool.