CHF Cornish roaster was doing worse today... breathing really labored. I had hoped the cool temps would help him hang on a few more days until DH got home to help me process, but it didn't look good this afternoon. I reached out to a local chicken friend who has kids the same ages as mine (part of the difficulty in me processing him early is just that I have 3 small children to tend to on my own while trying to figure out how to process a chicken, not just the fact that I couldn't bring myself to do the actual dispatching). Unfortunately for me, she was busy today and couldn't come up to help. I went out to check on him about an hour before bedtime and I doubted he'd make it until morning. I decided I'd rather process a live chicken on my own than figure out what to do with a dead chicken in the morning... I put the kids to bed and went out to get him. I called hubs for some moral support as he was hanging in a kill cone/bag and then I cut his artery. Not gonna lie, I might have teared up a little, but I did it. Heating up a big pot for scalding right now. I wonder how much of a mess I'm going to make in my kitchen since I can't exactly do this outside at 10 at night... at least the kids are sleeping!
In other news, the turkeys thought the deck railing would be a nice place to roost for the night. Too bad it's really slippery, I think they decided to go back down to their regular little tree/bush for the night. But it was funny to come around the corner into the kitchen and see a bunch of turkeys on the porch railing.
good for you, i think you did great, we did all of ours today, altho we didn't feed them, forgot to lock them up so they had alot of grass in the crop and gizzards( yes we love the liver, gizzard and heart)
now you can tell people if they ask, yes i can do it all, dispatch, clean it, and most inportant, cook it.