I am searching an amazing number of threads and posts (wow the hours it takes to read it all!!), I want to learn and to be as respectful and thrifty as I can be to the chickens we cull. Perhaps people have a few ideas they could share? I really do not want to waste any part of my culled chicken and in the next few weeks/months I will have a mix of old layers (2-3 years), younger layer cockerels and meat birds (not cornish x) ready for the pot as we head into winter. So far I got great chicken stock and stews from older layers. I am not sure what to do with the claws in our freezer, I didn't like their heads and intestines being thrown out - seems a waste. I love the livers!! We give the chooks a great life and appreciate what they give in return (a wonderful source of food). I confess, I love my dogs most and so want, especially for my old tumor ridden dog with pancreas issues, to eat healthy food (I cook her a special diet and it has saved her life many times over the last 16 years). So pet food ideas are also important to me. Apologies if this upsets you, I can't live contentedly without a dog by my side.