Unfortunately, I am NOWHERE near homesteading or living off the grid, but I hope to be there one day! For now, this is my question: I have a lady that I buy eggs and raw cow and goat milk from. She is now buying some chicks for meat birds, in addition to her layers. I'd like to go in on a sort of "meat bird co-op" that she's doing with several other families...we help pay for the time and expense (which is minimal, as they are free-range and only supplemented with grains...it gets very drought-y here in the Central CA valley...), then all families pitch in and help on butchering day, and we come home with good chicken for $1-$2/lb. Yay! But this is the first time that I've done this with chickens...we've had large amounts of game and beef in a stand-up freezer when I was growing up, but now I'm looking at freezer space and wondering how much I'll need. I'm thinking that 50 chickens should be enough for our family...any thoughts on how much freezer space they'll take up?? Thanks in advance for your help!!
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3/19/10 at 10:31pm