Wow… there are some crickets going on over here in blog-land. I haven’t been posting much, but that’s mostly because we have been crazy busy. Despite the usual “four kids under four” craziness, we’ve also been homesteading busy.
The big lately? Chicken harvesting (the “nicer” way to say butchering).
Warning: There are photos of butchered chickens, close the browser now if you don’t want to see them! No worries though, they aren’t graphic.
We were blessed enough to have two friends and Jace’s brother help us out, which made things move a lot faster. Overall we butchered 10 roosters, utilizing Jace’s home made rocket stove (A rocket stove is an efficient cooking stove using small diameter wood fuel which is burned in a simple high-temperature combustion chamber containing a vertical chimney and a secondary air supply which ensures almost complete combustion prior to the flames reaching the cooking surface.)
Aaaand right about this time, the twinkie tornado woke up from nap and I no longer took pictures! Instead I spent the rest of the afternoon handling water fights, drawing in chalk and clearing sand out of kiddos eyes 🙂
Overall the experience went as we expected! We put 8 birds in the fridge and roasted two up this week, they were delicious! We will definately be growing our own meat birds again, in fact, our next batch should be here in a few weeks! 30 birds!
*On a related note, we kept 3 roosters and seven hens, and three of the hens are laying now. Hoping the others start soon! Yay fresh eggs!