I woke up this morning and let the chickens out (6). My only cornish (3 mos) was breathing a little funny, but she has done that before - I'm in Texas and it is hot already. She had shade, water and feed. I figured to she'd be fine. About 1 hour later I went back out to check on them and she was face down with the others all around her looking at her.
Now I am new at this and did not realize that cornish chickens need special feeding, so she has been eating like crazy. I have been talking to my husband about eating her - she'd be my first home grown chicken to eat. We just needed to get the supplies to do - all my knifes are dull standard kitchen type knifes...etc.
Well that did not happen, I was unprepared to process her at 7 am this morning. She has now gone to the compost pile. I tried calling around to see if anyone (butcher) could process her for me. I live out of the city so I thought - butcher - no problem, this town in filled with Taxidermy guys, so I know there is a butcher, but NO!! The taxidermy guy giggled at me, and asked "you've never processed a chicken before?" Being from a small town originally, I never felt so city slicker in my life!!!
The weird thing for me, I am more upset over not being able to process and eat her then over the fact that she is dead. My husband says that I am just transitioning from grocery store chicken purchaser to a homestead frame of mind. Only because of this site and the reading I have done about it being more human and healthy and an honorable thing to honor the chicken by eating it, since that is what they are fore, that I could think this way...so Thank you! I feel more grown up.
Still sad over losing her, but I have tried to put my emotions in the proper place to be a chicken caregiver. I do wonder if it was the heat or a hear-attack?? I will definitely be keeping a close eye on my others (non are cornish).
My next problem is "chicken math" I went to TSC bought 6 chicks - 4 are roos, 1 is now dead (pearl) and 1 pullet (piper). So now, to go about straightening out the herd so to speak. I planned on keeping everyone and just processing them as it comes. Before Pearl died I was going to just split the cockerels from Pearl and Piper. Now Piper will be alone....so do I get to go to my husband and explain the "chicken math" and get a few more pullets??? We'll see! I found a guy about an hour from here and I can get whatever I want and age I want. Doesn't Piper need some girlfriends to hang with since I have to split the cockerels out???
I know I am just rambling, this is all new to me and I just needed to air out my brain a bit, so Thank you. Been wrangling chickens for 3 months and I am not just green but NEON green.
Just still kinda in shock a bit!!
What are the proper tools that I would need to process a chicken?? I saw how to process meat on here - that was awesome - too bad I was caught off guard.
Will there be a disturbance in the force as far as my other chickens go, now that one is missing?? I figure they have to know, they were all standing over her when I found her. So sad!!
Thank you in advance for letting me download!! Sheesh this month has been h e double toothpicks - dog sick, chicken dead - unrelated to each other.
Anyone wanna share any tips, words of wisdom, etc. I am listening!! :0)