by Suzanne Roark
Photos by author
Processing day actually starts the day we bring home our day-old meat chicks from the feed store. Being Cornish Cross or Jumbo Cornish Cross means we only have a scant eight weeks to prepare.
The very first thing we do after the little chicks are under the heat lamp and fed is to mark the calendar eight weeks out. The first time we did our own processing we didn’t look ahead and we ended up scrambling for a plucker on Memorial Day weekend! Since our first time out, we’ve gotten our own plucker, but if we need to have another one on hand, now is the time I would start scouting around for a rental and put money down on the date.