yet another post about chickens

my babies are 6 weeks old tomorrow. which means that anytime within the next five weeks is the perfect time to ‘harvest’ my jumbo cornish cross birds.
i’m not sure how i feel about this… it’s not that they are too cute or cuddly or sweet. they aren’t. it’s just that they are alive now, and i’m the one who will decide the moment at which they stop being alive. i’ve never done that before.
part of me wants to slaughter one today and have him for dinner, but we still have two of our prematurly deceased chickens in the freezer so i guess we better eat those first. maybe i’ll cook those up and add some shredded meat to my black bean & corn salad. that’d taste good. maybe fresh chicken barbeque on tuesday…
wish me luck!
almost full grown

3 thoughts on “yet another post about chickens

  1. I know how you feel

    About three weeks ago we harvested our excess cockerels. I didn’t know if I could do it either, or if Forest would suddenly decided he couldn’t do it and I would have to do it alone. And the night before when were were gathering them for isolation and the next day before we got started I was really skeptical. But then we did the first one and it really was very easy from there. We did 11 in one day because we had borrowed a friends plucker. It went quickly once we got into a rhythm and really felt very good. It was a good feeling to know that I can raise and harvest my own meat. I have always felt kinda weird about eatting meat and not knowing whether I could do that or not.

    I’m sure you’ll do great!

    Oh, and maybe you know this but a great tip I read about and one that we did and succeeded beautifully in was letting the meat age in the fridge for a few days before freezing it. Then it gets all nice and loose and tender instead of stressed and tense. I was really glad we did that. They said no longer then three days in the fridge if your going to freeze it but can last well up to five days for fresh eating.:)

    *hugs to you and Damian!*

    • Re: I know how you feel

      thanks for the tip, heidi! it’s nice to know you guys have been there. we miss you guys…

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