This blog is to share our experiences bad and good. To help others see that you can live anywhere and do anything you put your mind to. It's about bringing people together. Showing in actions that there is other ways to live your life other than the norm, that each and every living animal has a purpose and should be respected. The point of this blog is to make people think about their impact on the world.
Monday, 27 May 2013
Chicken Raising - From Start to Freezer.
Well. We did it.
The chickens have been raised, slaughtered, plucked and cleaned. And you
know, I am really happy we decided to do it this way. Saying it makes
you appreciate your food is an understatement. Saying it was easy can go
either way. It was not easy to take a life but I definitely took
comfort in knowing I was going to be eating a chicken that had never
been treated cruelly, stuck in a cage it's whole life or been fed any
antibiotics or growth hormones. I've decided to explain how the process
went so if you don't want to know I advise that you stop reading
onward. On the other hand I encourage you to put your reservations
aside. We had heard about an idea where you nail a javex bottle that had
been cut in half on a fence post an put the chicken in it upside down.
This to me seemed a bit too disconnected and harsh so we decided to
revise the idea a bit. We took a burlap feed bag and cut a small hole in
the bottom. We then put the chicken into the sack so it's head was
coming through the hole. I spent a few minutes holding it and keeping it
calm. Kind of thought of myself as the calm energy of the day. I then
took it over to a stump we had put to nails into. The chickens head went
inbetween the nails where I then sat with it until it was calm again - they
almost fall asleep. At this point I would walk away and Steve and his
brother Dave (Food With Legs) would do the deed. One would hold the
chicken and the other would cut off its head with a hatchet. We then
hung them upside down to let them drain and to pluck them. The worst or
hardest part is definitely plucking them. A couple we are friends with
showed up in the process and lent a hand. The girl was a real trooper
and even helped Dave and I with the cleaning out along with putting in a
lot of plucking time. The cleaning out is actually quite easy,
especially after a few tries. You can basically get all of the insides out in one scoop which is qiute interesting to see. Tomorrow my mum is coming to spend the
night and cook us up one of the chickens. I really am proud that we were
able to put food on our table start to finish. We now have 6 chickens
in our freezer that we know what exactly they consumed and how they
lived their lives. Amazing to be able to say.
First chicken cleaning experience. Skeptical I think!