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 In the Brooder

    Sep 27, 2008
    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

    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 Songster

    Mar 11, 2008
    my dogs like heads and feet. Raw of course.
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    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.

  4. 1acrefarm

    1acrefarm Songster

    Nov 3, 2007
    I bury it in the compost area.
  5. smith2

    smith2 Songster

    Jan 5, 2008
    Paris, TN
    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 Songster

    Aug 2, 2008
    South Central KY
    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.


    Last edited: Dec 1, 2008
  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

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    I'll have to try that with pheasant feet lol.
  10. dancingbear

    dancingbear Songster

    Aug 2, 2008
    South Central KY
    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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