New chicken!

Discussion in 'Meat Chickens' started by Biring, Oct 10, 2020.

  1. Biring

    Biring Active Member

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    Our neighbour has a 1,000-bird broiler operation. Today was harvest day and he popped over with a gift. It’s not a type of chicken I want in my flock so I took it to the butcher down the road. (I would normally kill and clean the bird myself but my wife is pregnant and according to local custom I’m not allowed to kill chickens until after the baby is born.)
     
  2. robin416

    robin416 Administrator Staff Member

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    Congrats on the pending arrival. Will this be the first?

    It was obvious, even for me, that bird wouldn't be around long.
     

  3. Biring

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    It’s already chopped up and in the freezer. If we don’t eat it ourselves then our puppy will be happy to finish it off.
     
  4. Overmountain1

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    Congrats on the kiddo! They’re easier than chickens. Just kidding! But really, that’s awesome!

    Is there any reason behind that custom/tradition on not killing chickens while she’s preggo? Tell us more!
     
  5. Poultry Judge

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    What breed(s) of chickens do they raise in the broiler operation?
     
  6. Biring

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    There are lots of superstitions here. My wife is not allowed to cut her hair, eat banana flowers or burn coconut shells (among many other weird prohibitions) and she wears a talisman made out of a pair of scissors and dried sweet flag roots to ward off ghosts.
     
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  7. Biring

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    They’re known as ayam putih (white chickens) here. I have no idea what lines they are bred from. I guess they have been bred to maximise yield in as short a time as possible. They taste like chicken you can buy in supermarkets in the west. Village chickens are much tastier, but weigh less and take much longer to mature.
     
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  8. Biring

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    My wife was concerned that our neighbour may have cursed the chicken he gave us yesterday so she made me put the plate on the floor and she stepped over it three times!
     
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  9. Poultry Judge

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    Well, at least you had a fix for the curse!
     
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  10. Poultry Judge

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    Thanks, that's interesting, so they pretty much follow the pattern of western meat birds. Do the commercial operations follow a vaccination regimen? Do you think the birds are GMO to grow faster for the meat cycle?
     
  11. Biring

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    I meant to ask about vaccinations but for various reasons that didn’t happen. My wife strongly dislikes this neighbour and I just have to go along with that.
     
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  12. Poultry Judge

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    Thank you for sharing some of the local traditions. I find it all terribly interesting!
     
  13. robin416

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    I do too. And wonder about the culture shock when coming from a Western upbringing.
     
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  14. Overmountain1

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    Smart man.