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Meat chickens are one meat source that can be raised with minimal space, convert feed efficiently, and can be processed at home with not much more than a sharp knife and a big pot.
Our grandparents and generations before are used to using these older birds for meat, but use them in cooking methods that enhance the age of the chicken. Coq-a-vin is a common dish that originally was used for old roosters, and the term "stewing hen" has been around for a long time.
Chicken is one of the more popular meats in the world, and as people look for more ways to become self-sufficient, it's one of the easiest and economical ways to raise your own meat source. Chickens can be raised for meat in a much smaller area than other typical meat animals (say, a cow), some types provide very high feed conversion levels (more meat on less feed), and chickens can be amusing and fun to raise, even if they are destined to be the main guest at dinner. This page will cover...
Many of us are used to the uniformity of whole chickens at the grocery store. When choosing to process chickens at home, the differences between the size and type of chickens vary greatly.
Taking the step to become closer to your food source is a big step for many, and can be difficult. That is ok.
Raising chickens to sell for meat can be a daunting task, when it comes to understanding the laws and regulations.
I'll admit - I'm a redneck, hillbilly, hick, backwoods, name your label, girl - living a little closer to the "city" than I want, working in a job that I enjoy, that still involves a "cube farm". I'm a a hunter, gardener, and grew up farming. I suppose this is why my palate has matured into something that the supermarket just can't rise up to. I prefer my red meat to be venison, my pork to be raised by a local 4-H kid (though I'm still trying to find a wild pig to harvest), and I'll...
.....or rather, how *I* process chickens. Everyone has their own ways, tips, tricks and methods. In the end through, we all have the same purpose - to turn a living animal into dinner. I'll try to go though the steps here - and try to separate the must haves from my opinion, but I'm making no promises. First off, if you didn't understand, this will be regarding killing an animal. If you are not comfortable with this, please, back out of this page, and check out the pages of some other...
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