My First Slaughter

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by JPinVT, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. JPinVT

    JPinVT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    On Saturday, I processed a 4 week-old CX hen that just wasn't growing. She wouldn't put weight on her right leg, and as a result was bullied out of food and water from her brothers and sisters. So... I killed the first creature I'd ever killed larger than a spider, and I was amazed at the pride I felt after I was done butchering. She only dressed out to 1.3lbs, but she'll make a wonderful roast for myself and my husband this week. Knowing that I grew my own food and can really do this is so amazing! If you'd like to read the full story and see some photos, I posted it on my blog:

    http://www.oldpostfarm.com/1/post/2011/06/my-first-slaughter.html
     
  2. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    I am so proud of you! great job!
    I use my 1.5 pounder culls for soup in the crock pot - they fit in whole perfectly, and the bones and delicate skin add so nicely to the flavor, with exactly the right amount of meat [​IMG]
     
  3. jgervais

    jgervais Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You give me courage!!!
     
  4. JPinVT

    JPinVT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks guys! It really helped that I just wanted it to go well for the bird - that's where I got the courage to make the cut. Next month when we do the other 30 birds, I hope things go this smoothly...
     
  5. itsy

    itsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congratulations! [​IMG]
     
  6. Bossroo

    Bossroo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The Cornish X is commercially processed at 35 days of age for a 1 1/2-2+ lb. Game Hen that you see in the stores. I do this all the time with mine too. Roast or BBQ for a gormet treat. [​IMG] Enjoy !!! [​IMG]
     
  7. pjknust

    pjknust Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much for sharing!! I am considering ordering more chicks in Sept, some pullets and some to butcher. Ive never done that, and you have helped me a lot!
    Thanks again for sharing,

    pam in TX
     
  8. Meghalu

    Meghalu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love posts like this. They give me comfort that when the day comes, I will be able to do the same and it will hopefully go as well for me. Thank you for sharing. [​IMG]
     
  9. myhubbycallsmechickeemama

    myhubbycallsmechickeemama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great job!!! I wish I could say I didn't cry on my first one but I can't. Congratulations![​IMG]

    BTW....Love your blog.
     
  10. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    Congrats, that little chicken will make a great roast. [​IMG] We did the same with one of our little one that I knew wouldn't make it to 8 weeks.
     

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