Such sweet babies. What breed are the broiler chicks? Are they the light yellow ones? Someone gave me 5 chicks on Thursday and all they know about them is that they will be white chickens! They were used as props by a photographer for Easter pics!
Wow, I hope ZZ is right. About the breed and the sex. I was kinda thinking 4 girls and a boy myself, cause of the feathering. They are very friendly and used to being handled. Thanks for the info. You guys are great.
Oh I'm with you, Eufaula! Just can't eat them,or their eggs either! My mom is starting to make noises about how good chicken stock would be from one of my older hens... GADS, I can't even think about it! If I sent them away to be processed how would I know I was getting the same chickens back?
Chicken livers from the store don't look fit to eat, looking at them is enough to make me feel like I'm not hungry. Homemade stock sounds divine, yum!
There is a local place that will process, but, all they do is give you back the same amount of processed chickens that you brought in, not the exact ones you bring. That wouldn't work for me. Guess I'll keep looking around for a place that will give me the same chickens. I have heard of people doing a toe hole punch on their birds feet and asking the butcher to keep the feet on, so they know for sure.
I put an ad in Craigslist asking if anyone did processing.. I got tons of offers and info. I wouldn't like to do a trade, if I was going to do that, I'll just stick with the ones from the store! I wouldn't like that at all.. I don't blame you.
If I could get just one person to help me by actually "doing the deed", Id share the birds. plucking and processing would not be a problem for me, its just the Killing that gets me. If I could do it I wouldnt be having the grief Im having with the Demon Bird "Shrapnel"! (sigh)
There is no way I could do any part of processing. My chickens are big pets to me. I still don't eat their eggs either. But, I'm going to fugure out a way to have a couple done for my mom to make stock. I'm just not going to work on figuring it out any time soon LOL The other chicken board has get togethers they call "Chicken Stock" where they meet, eat, and some of them do processing together and teach/help others learn how to do it too. Thankfully they've all been pretty far from here so I haven't gone to them - an hour is far sometimes LOL.
I'm sure there is someone trustworthy around there that doesn't mind killing a chicken. There is a man painting my house here and he was telling me he used to kill his grandparent's chickens and it didn't bother him at all.
There used to be threads on here where people told how they killed their own. I remember one lady said she had a special pair of pants she wore and called them her "chicken killing pants". That was funny. Seems there are many different ways of killing them.
I couldn't process the pets.. for sure none of the hens.. I did butcher some roos last year, it's hard, but it's over with real fast if you do it right. There are videos on youtube that I learned from. One guy shows the biblical way to do it, and he is right, there was no apparent suffering, so that's how I did it.
Plucking them is easy if your water is hot enough.. the first part is the hardest.. but the feathers wipe off and it rapidly looks like a market bird, so the "identity" is not so bad.
Gutting them is interesting really, it's not gross.. it's amazing how beautiful the organs are compared to the horrible stuff in a store bought bird. By that point, it is more like preparing food rather than killing a pet.
At least, that's how it was for me. :)
Thats what I mean. If someone else killed the bird , I could handle the rest. Now this is going to sound silly to some but here goes...
When you raise the bird , you know the bird. We all know each baby we raise to have its own personality, way of doing things, and silly little traits we remember from their growing up. So taking that bird ,that trusting bird, or that silly aggravating bird to the chopping block...you still have that bird looking at you and thinking you are its Mama and in a way trusting you!
Once the life has gone from it , it becomes just another bird for processing, no personality, once the feathers are gone, just another naked bird like any other you would prepare for a meal.
SEE... I told you it was silly!
I had way too many roosters... they were starting to fight constantly and were a general pain... That was totally different..
I went to the feed store looking at the meat birds, and I'd have to put them out where I don't deal with them or watch their cute chick antics other than to just feed... I didn't even like looking at them cause they were so fat and cuddly looking laying in a pile... So yeah, I can relate for sure!
My uncle used to raise pigs. Sometimes he might have three sows with piglets. I used to try and look at them in the pen because they were so cute. He would chase us away, saying "You kids get away from there and leave those pigs alone. I mean it now!" I thought he was being mean, but my cousin said, no, he just knows they are for food and doesn't want anyone attached to them, including himself. Now I get it.