Canned stock from my first culled hen! Yeah!

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by ChickenMack, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. ChickenMack

    ChickenMack Songster

    Oct 7, 2011
    When I first got my girls, I was going to be a "no cull" home. But when I realized I had gotten Production Rhode Island Reds, who were quite aggressive to each other, their yard and would not brood, I had to make a decision- whether to live with these hens who were not going to be a "natural flock" or cull them and start over. So, I decided to cull them. There is a guy in my area who will butcher, clean and bag a chicken for $4/chicken. Fantastic.

    Anyway, I brought home the bagged hens, put them in the freezer and waited until I didn't think of them as "my girls". So, this weekend, I made a huge pot of chicken stock from one of the chickens, I usually used store bought. My stock is so golden brown and delicious, it is amazing. So then I canned it in quart jars and they are now sitting like jewels in a crown on the pantry shelf.

    So, to conclude, chicken stock from hens that I raised and fed, and yes, even loved, makes the best meals.
  2. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Songster

    Nov 2, 2009
    North Texas
    thats really cool! I always wondered about how free-ranged, home grown chicken tastes versus store bought, shrink wrapped chickens in a saline solution.

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