Friday, August 17

Butchering in Photo

Our decision to raise chickens and ducks for meat came about
because we simply wanted to know what the meat we eat had eaten. Chickens and ducks have brought such excitement and liveliness to our home.
When walking through the yard, the chickens will stop to look sideways at me, jut out thier heads, make a squabble and go back to pecking a bug up from the grass. The ducks pretend to be shy and run when we are near but cuddle up in our arms, a soft mass of silky feathers when held.
Since we homeschool (or try to unschool) raising animals for eggs and meat has given our children an appreciation for animals and a knowledge of where good food comes from.
"What is a righteous man?" I heard my husband ask Douglas as he watched the process of putting chickens by.
"KIND TO HIS ANIMALS!" Douglas yelled and grinned.
"That's right, Douglas," Sean affirmed, "Even when we kill animals for food, we thank God for their life and provision and kill them as swiftly as possible so they do not suffer."

I came around the side of the garage a half hour later and heard Sean singing a song I'd never heard before. Obviously his own song about "going to the Maker" and he looked up sheepishly.
"What," he defended himself, "they die quicker and softlier if I sing to them."
I just grinned.
Be still my heart, I have the BEST husband.
Compassion is sexy.


Boys will be boys, and have fun playing with chopped off chicken heads.
Which is what the last photo is of,
so avert your virgin chicken beheading eyes
if the thought of boys having fun disturbs you.





(note the cowboy bandana and pistol tucked into his waistband.)


6 comments:

Joseph said...

Hey Hannah, I am very curious. How did the children take it? The have been living with these chickens and ducks for a while and gotten to know them and I was curious as to how they dealt with the "ultimate sacrifice" the fowl would make for them.

Katie said...

sean sang to the chicken?? seriously???!!!! hahahahahaha I laughed out loud so hard when I read that....

Hannah said...

Joseph, they did fine with it because they've known since the beginning that this was their purpose. We also only named the chickens and ducks that we would be keeping, so the other roosters and ducks were not handled or treated as pets.
Katie, he only sang to the duck. But yes, he did sing. See what you missed.

On Fire For Jesus said...

Neat. I just don't know if I could do this. I guess I would if I needed to. Who knows.

You, my dear, captured this beautifully for such a supposedly yucky process.

Hannah said...

Thanks, On Fire For Jesus. I have the easy parts of the butchering: cathing the chickens for my husband (they run fast!) and packaging the meat at the end!

Hannah said...

Thanks, On Fire For Jesus. I have the easy parts of the butchering: cathing the chickens for my husband (they run fast!) and packaging the meat at the end!