Monday, July 23, 2012

All good things come to an end (Warning graphic)

Yup it is that time of year again.  I am surprised how well butchering went this year.  Sean is such an amazing guy and hard working I am so lucky to have him in my life.  Last year our chickens were way to big, the size of turkeys so they were tough.  This year it was much much better and they will be tender and good!

The birds were very friendly but I make sure I don't get attached to them.  I get attached to my laying hens and just love them.  It is such a good experience for our kids to see where food comes from and to have meat that we know what they have been fed!

The saying running around like a chicken with its head cut off has new meaning.  It is shocking how long they flail around for!  Here is one mid jump.

My amazing Father-in-Law found us this chicken plucker at a garage sale and it works great!  Some plucking had to be done by hand but the majority was taken off by this guy.

Here are all our helpers.  We hired a crew to help as it makes it go so much faster.  I was planing on doing it but the lady we asked to come brought way to many of here friends.  They don't speak English very well so I have a couple help me wash down walls in the house and I missed most of the action.  I was very sad.   

The Puppies had a blast eating all the chicken heads.  They were in a frenzy.  I was shocked they didn't get sick!  Now our chickens (the laying hens) aren't safe though they want to eat them.  That isn't good I hope we can train them off of that!


Kristen said...

Yum! I'm glad it's you and not me! That plucker is quite a contraption! I hope you guys enjoy those chickens. :)

Gicela said...

I don't think I could butcher chickens without getting sick. I guess I'm just not woman enough!

JRoberts said...

Have you seen killing cones? They are so much nicer on the spraying blood. :)

I am eagerly looking forward to returning to this way of life. When I was a kid, the butchering day was a wonderful thing we looked forward to. All the visiting, putting away meat for the winter, and the hard work. It all makes for such a satisfying day.