|These are the 4 young roosters|
So I was going to wait before I posted about our chicken processing experience. But really, why? This is one of the reasons I wanted to blog. This kind of information and pictures are examples of what I do not want to post on Facebook. I'll just dive into it. With our second generation of chickens getting bigger, we had 5 total roosters and 9 hens. That's entirely too much rooster. Our hens started taking a beating, the 4 young ones were a pain in everyone's side. There were chickens running everywhere, feathers flying. Big Ed could only handle so much by himself. B and I had to slap a few roos around a time or two. So here we go. We knew this day was coming and for the safety and peace of the flock they had to go.
|That's right, fill up, enjoy your last day of freed|
Emily was here for about 3 hours, and we are very grateful and appreciative of her time and talents and driving up here to do it. You deserve a ton of credit. Thanks again.
When she left we came inside and looked at our bounty, and loaded it up into the fridge and freezer. I was looking forward to chicken and dumplings the next day. I put 2 of the whole chickens in the freezer and kept one bird and all the organ meat in the fridge. Monday I put a pot on the stove and you know it, boiled that bird down. I got so much stock out of that bird. I think about 16 cups. I saved some, and the meat for the dumplings and put the rest in the freezer.
|our bounty: feet, chickens, hearts, gizzards, necks and livers|
|Puny young roosters have very small breasts|
|All of the meat fit into one bowl|
|stock and scraps|
When dealing with the feet I looked up a few sites to double check how to peel them. It's like peeling tomatoes. Throw them in boiling water for a minute or two, then toss them in cold water and the outer layer of skin or whatever, peels off. Well while looking for directions, I was some recipes for chicken feet. At first I was like eww yuck, seriously?! But as I was peeling them, they started to look kinda good, and they actually smelled good too. Maybe someday we'll eat them. B will eat about anything, but these are going to the dogs. AND THE LOVED THEM! But next time I have a mess of feet, I'm going to find a super awesome recipe and cook them.
|they're like creepy hands|
|The skin peels off fairly easy, it looks like snake skin|
|They actually smell very tasty, I'm contemplating gnawing on them when they are fully cooked|
ON MY BLOGGING.....
I would like to post everyday. Obviously I didn't get to yesterday. It takes longer than you would think to put a post up, especially when adding pictures. I thought that in the evenings after dinner I would have time to write, format and post my daily blogs. That's probably not going to happen, seeing as how I started this one last night and am just now finishing it as O takes her first nap. So I'm not sure when I will get it posted, there may not be a regular time. Does it really matter though? We shall see. I certainly would like to have some "followers" and I hope I continue to get support for sharing. If you subscribe to my blog via email, then Google will think I'm more valuable and be more likely to pull me up on a search (and maybe someday pay me to advertise - that's a whole 'nother subject matter though). But it'll definitely warm my little heart if you subscribe. There's a place to do that at the bottom of this page. And Poppa...I'm still waiting to hear from you. Have you seen this yet? What do you think? My dad's opinion always matters to me. So hopefully he is reading along too. Oh and please leave comments for me! I think the next post will be about my conversion to natural, homemade hygeine products, like soap, lotion and deodorant.