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Is it time to man up?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by tadaen sylverma, Dec 23, 2014.

  1. tadaen sylverma

    tadaen sylverma In the Brooder

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    I love the forum. I love having chickens. And I love eating chicken, especially for Mongolian Chicken. I want to be able to raise and process my own. Many years ago I slaughtered a handful with a cleaver. Last I tried a month or 2 ago I didn't have the stomach for it, couldn't bring myself to drop the cleaver on the chicken... She is still running around in the run. I cancelled my order of meat birds and just bought 4 pullets locally, they are growing fast and are beautiful to watch. Looking forward to the eggs.

    I have removed 2 dead birds in the last year and buried them, I can't help but wonder that I am essentially wasting the birds by not slaughtering them and making full use. I hate the idea of waste when it comes to potential food. Is this something I just need to man up, get over it and slam that cleaver down? I can process them, just that initial kill part that bothers me : / Would it possibly be worth investing in a cone and trying that method instead?

    *EDIT* I keep going in circles about this, I've had similar questions before. I just can't let go of raising meat birds for some reason. These chickens are addicting....
     
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2014
  2. rainbowrooster

    rainbowrooster Songster

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    Its only a waste if the only goal was to eat it. If you enjoy watching it run around and be a chicken thats great. If it dies and you burry it then it breaks down and becomes part of the soil while feeding many crawling and digging creatures. I you are close to any forest there are plenty of animals that would be glad to eat it especially in the winter.
     
  3. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Crowing 7 Years

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    Man up. Your wasting the bird and wasting feed that could be going to a prime layer. It's soup weather were I live and can't get enough of the quality broth and meat with flavor back yard birds provide.
     

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