Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Are you kidding me?!

This was is the comment I heard from everyone that knows me very well when I told them that I was going to butcher a chicken. HaHa!

I think I have always had country running through my blood. It just never had a chance to surface. Maybe I just changed over the years. I don't really know but I do know that I love every second of it.

I would LOVE to have a big farm full of cows, horses, goats...all of it is the desire of my heart! I long to have some land of my own.

I don't see that happening anytime soon but I do love the idea of it.

When we first got chickens they were only for eggs. As time went on, we discussed getting more chickens to butcher but I was not real keen on that idea.

Since that discussion, I have done research on the hows and whys of butchering. I'm not going to explain it all but it changed my mind. Having our chickens raised knowing what they were fed, knowing how they were treated and butchering them humanely is a much better option than what I would buy at the store. Actually when I see them in the store it kind of makes my belly turn. Bleck!

So the big day came and we only butchered one. Brian didn't want to go through all of that only to have no one be able to eat it. ;) Smart guy.


We caught our chicken.

We picked Meanie because she was mean. Hence the name. She was a bully in the chicken yard.

As Brian was getting her "ready" she flapped and got away. It then took 20 minutes to capture her again. I think she knew what was coming.

Ahh...captured once again.

I will save you all the gross details. There are many sites to show you how to do the butchering. That's how we learned! Since I am new to this and not teaching anyone, just documenting and sharing the funnies of our day, I'll leave you able to eat your breakfast. ;)

It actually was not nearly as gross as I thought it would be. I mean it wasn't a piece of cake but totally doable! After the killing it was quite interesting. The killing still made me feel sad but like I said the chickens in the store are the ones that should make me feel that way. Did I mention that there are hundreds of them jammed into small areas, eating so much that they can not even walk and sometimes die of heart attacks because they are so obese, standing in inches of poop. Yeah gross!

Meanie got to roam free. She got fed lots of good scraps. She died humanely.

So anyway, we got her all ready to be cleaned. Plucking was easy because of a method we read online. That only took a few minutes.

Now that's a proud country boy!



Alyssa was not so sure about it all. She is coming around though.

She knows it is healthier to do it this way. It will just take her a few times and then she will probably become my plucker. Haha!


Bonding time! Nothing like cleaning a chicken to build memories, huh?


 We got her all cleaned up and butchered. We got a little confused on a few things. I don't know how people did things years ago without Google!

Right now, she is aging in the fridge. I'm planning on cooking her either tomorrow or Thursday. We'll see how that goes.



I was given a hundred pounds of peaches last week. Talk about love! Someone knows the way to my heart. Thanks Cheryl!

Then this week, she gave me MORE. Can you believe that?!

We have been busy canning all week. I love canning. Especially when I have a wonderful helper or two. I don't think there is anything better than spending hours talking, cutting, talking, canning together.

Sometimes we laugh. Sometimes the conversation is serious. It will be memories I will never forget and I love teaching all the kids the art of being self sufficient. I am learning as I go but I hope the day they leave home they will know how to do these things and they will hold the memories in their heart like I do.

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12 comments :

farmlife chick said...

Thanks for stopping by our blog! Love this post! This was our 1st year raising meat chickens too. A little tip I learned from those who have done it year after year is to let the bird sit for a few days in the frig. It ages the meat nicely as it cools down. Otherwise it will be a little on the tough side. 2-3 days should be plenty. Your bird looks beautiful and those peaches made my mouth water! Looking forward to reading more and following.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

100 pounds of peaches - I am SO jealous! 

We raise a batch of chickens each year for meat.  I won't do the butchering, but I will cook them!

MirandaHupp said...

 I wasn't so sure if I would be able to do it or not. I've still got to see if I am going to be able to eat it. :)

Brandi said...

I have contemplated this,too. I just read a book that makes me appreciate deer meat in our freezer, along the same lines as what you are talking about. But,so far, all our chickens are nice....I might have to leave this to the hubby!

Buttons said...

Oh I am pretty sure we all can do what we have to to survive. I grew up in a little village bought a farm, butchered animals and cried but we did it. You are right animals deserve to be well raised and when you do have to kill them you know they had a good life and were not sacrificed in vain. Our children were raised this way and they turned out to be caring young self sufficient strong women. Your kids are better for it.
100 pounds of peaches lucky you. B

Nancy said...

Proud of you and your family for taking this step. It's so important to teach kids where food comes from and to be self sufficient. 

Thanks for sharing at Rural Thursdays this week. 

Abby Jo @ forgottenwayfarms.com said...

Love the post :) Could you share your link to the easier way to pluck a chicken? I would love to look at it. Streamlining butchering is a good thing!

Sandra at Thistle Cove Farms said...

So glad you're up to killing chickens...glad those days are behind me! I'm happy to buy chickens from folks who raise and slaughter them. -LOL-
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MirandaHupp said...

Thanks for the comment! Yes, I am glad I have it in me. Hubby wasn't so sure! :)

MirandaHupp said...

It is so important. I agree 100%!

MirandaHupp said...

I wasn't sure how lucky I was after 10 hours of canning. I know we will be glad come winter and we open a jar!

MirandaHupp said...

We usually have a freezer full of dear meat too! I grew up eating deer so I never had a problem with that. Although, deer burger kind of gets me for some reason. Give me a steak or roast and Im good!

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