Chicken and FLUFFY Dumplings
One of my favorite recipes for the Rudd Rangers is chicken and fluffy dumplings
Fluffy as a biscuit y’all! Last year, we processed our some of our favorite meat type birds to date: the Rudd Rangers
Our Rudds were raised on our property and allowed to free range as soon as they were old enough to stay outside Each consumed traditional chicken feed, but also had a rich diet of green grass and all the bugs they could catch
At precisely 3 months of age, they were ready for processing
This recipe is one of my husband’s favorite meals It
The Rudd Rangers are growing right before my eyes! We have had them about 1 week, and they have grown from an average weight of 33 grams, all the way to 95 grams! Each day they grow more curious, more playful, and certainly hungrier Even though they are still fluff balls, I am starting to notice them getting more muscular and tall Their wing feathers are coming in, but I will not have to worry about them flying out of the brooder for a few more weeks still
They are relatively low maintenance at this age
This week marked another first for the Rudd Rangers; they experienced freedom!
It was brief, it was supervised, but it was freedom! It was really hilarious to see them running and FLYING out of the tractor door! They were very excited!
However, the possibility of losing one to a predator scares me to death, so I usually end up corralling them back inside after an hour or two Since they have grown up in the chicken tractor, they do not stray to far from it When the sun is gets
Our 15 Rudd Rangers arrived safely this morning!
The post office gave me a call first thing Thursday morning and we picked them up It’ a good idea to call your local post office as soon as you get your shipping confirmation email from Hoover’s Give them your name and number and tell them you are expecting chicks to arrive in 1-2 days Once you get to the post office, immediately peek inside your box and make sure all the chicks are alive It is rare, but it does occasionally happen that some
The chicks are now 6 weeks old and moving their tractor everyday has become a part of my daily routine It is hard to believe that not too long ago, they were little fluff balls arriving in the mail! They are still the most friendly birds we have ever had! It is the highlight of my daughter’s day to go see them She even has a pony, but poor Sebastian cannot hold a candle to the love she has for her chickens!
Our Rudd Ranger chicks are turning from babies into teenagers right before our eyes!
They are growing more “real” feathers, and just like true teenagers, love to act silly and play rough with each other One of their favorite things to do is run as fast as they can into another chick and at the last second, fly over its head! I gave them a couple branches in the brooder for entertainment I can see how they would easily get bored in the brooder, but it is still the safest place for them
This week the Rudd Rangers are turning 7 weeks old, with about 5 weeks left until processing day This week they have seemed to have made a leap in growth That is one thing I have learned about meat birds; they will appear to have a “lull” in growth for a couple of weeks, then you turn around, and almost overnight they have made huge leaps in size! They are still drinking about 2 gallons of water per day, but this week have increased their feed intake to a full feeder each day! Last week, they
This week marks the Rudd chicks’ 2nd week birthday They are averaging 180 grams now and truly growing each day!
The 13 chicks are thriving and starting to grow in some juvenile feathers They still have lots of fluff, and still need access to the heat lamp at all times Weather is Alabama has been warm one day, and freezing the next, so it is important to keep an eye on their temperature in the brooding box The heat lamp is always on, but adjustments are needed to other surroundings For example, during
A whole week in the great outdoors, and our Rudd Rangers are loving the extra space! Each weighs about a pound now All together they eat 3/4 a feeder full of food per day! All this eating makes for quite a lot of pooping, so I move their tractor twice a day As soon as the tractor moves onto fresh grass, they hit it hard and start gobbling up all the fresh grass and clover They truly are great foragers!