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What do you do with all your scraps?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by wisdom_seeker, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. wisdom_seeker

    wisdom_seeker Out Of The Brooder

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    I know that you can eat hearts, gizzards, livers and neck etc. I have even seen people eat chicken feet in China.

    What do you do with all the other stuff?

    Wet plucked feathers
    blood
    heads
    fat
    feet
    guts

    I throw all this stuff in a hole in the yard and burry it so that I do not attract predators.

    It' just seems like such a waste. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  2. MaineChickens

    MaineChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my dogs like heads and feet. Raw of course.
     
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    I compost the feathers and blood.

    Too many raccoons and coyotes here to compost guts or heads, they go in the green bin (compostables) for curbside pickup.

    Fat I mostly save for cooking.

    Feet I have thus far thrown out, but with many self-recriminations at my laziness, and next time I *swear* I will figure out how to scald them hot enough to peel the skin off (my problem hitherto) and use for stock and/or chinese-style chicken feet.


    Pat
     
  4. 1acrefarm

    1acrefarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bury it in the compost area.
     
  5. smith2

    smith2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a old barn that is about 500 yards from the house where 2 vultures have their 2 babies every year. I take all my chicken guts to the vultures.
     
  6. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    i feed it to the chickens [​IMG] ,, what they dont eat gets the compost
     
  7. dancingbear

    dancingbear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pat, the tough outer membrane (cuticle) on the feet peels off without boiling, most of the time. Once in a while I get one that won't peel, But it's rare. On the ones that have a callused dark spot on the sole, I trim off any discolored tissue, then the foot is ready to boil up to make soup stock.

    Fat, I save to cook with. We eat the skin.

    The various bits like the lungs, spleen, kidneys, and liver (neither I nor my DH like the liver) I boil up for my dogs and cats. I should boil the heads, too, maybe next time I will. I don't feed raw heads, feet, or other parts, to the dogs, because I'm afraid they may decide to harvest their own. It took a lot of work to teach them not to bother the birds in the first place!

    I save the prettiest feathers for crafts, the rest I compost. Next year we'll have pigs, so most of the scraps will go to them, except maybe not the feathers. Those I'll still compost.

    Feet that I don't need for crafts will be soup stock. I dehydrate some of them, dye them with black walnut hull, and use them to make some amazingly pretty protection charms. (Yes, people will buy them.)

    The first one's a guinea foot, undyed, holding a hematite sphere. The other's a chicken foot, dyed w/ black walnut hull, holding a labradorite sphere that doesn't show up in that crappy photo. That one wasn't finished when I took the pic. (They're fuzzy because I couldn't get a good pic with that camera.) I place semi-precious stones in the claw, so the foot holds the stone. Don't ask me how, it's a trade secret.

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  8. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    Quote:awwww mannnn,,, lucky you!!
     
  9. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

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    I'll have to try that with pheasant feet lol.
     
  10. dancingbear

    dancingbear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Check your local laws. I wanted to try it with some smaller stones and crow feet, but it's a no-no.
     

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