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Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by sandcat, Mar 24, 2011.
Quote:My hens own me. I don't think I'll ever eat one of my hens. Unfortunately, I have yet to meet a rooster that they or I can live with long term!!
I have not liked the taste of chicken since we left our farm in Texas, I thought it was just me. But the taste of store bought chicken reminds me of a rubber eraser. I am going to be hatching some eggs as soon as one of my hens goes broody and everyone knows that the roosters are going to be called dinner. I really want to see if chicken raised on free range and outside in fresh air with plenty of room and good food taste like I remember. If I had a farm I would be raising all of our meat. Since my family won't give up meat then I want to raise the meat the way I feel animals should be raised. I will know that the animal we are eating had a great life up till it became dinner and it had a respectful and human death.
sorry double post, my internet and byc had a melt down.
Our first butcher day was comical in a very gruesome way. My husband grew up on a farm, but I had city-fied him for 30 years. So he and my son went to do the deed... before it was all through, butchering 12 birds took all day, cost us over $300 in medical expenses and half of them were roosters.
My husband bought a new knife for the day, and discovered that it was MUCH sharper than his old one and that chicken necks are not as tough as he recalled... laid open a finger to the bone on about the 2nd bird. He got sent down the road to the clinic in town while my son came in and tried to act like I was going to be some sort of help to him. I have no idea where he got a crazy notion like that. Everyone (but the chickens) did survive the day, and then I went to cook one. It was ALL I could do to choke back a couple of bites.
That was one short year ago. Today, my freezer is filled with my birds, and I nearly puke if I have to eat something that I don't know where it came from. I have them professionally done now, and it is worth every penny. We CAN do it if we have to, but I enjoy my food SO much more with the trauma removed.