Saturday, June 19

Heat

A break to start a few containers of iced tea...
The present sun and blessing of the shade...

Chicken station set up,


Pretty aprons (and pretty maidens),

Handsome fellows of mine...



Daydreaming between chicken catching,

The haze and a view,



The view of one of my legs...




And the other...


And over the sweetly growing bump in the middle...


It was a chicken butchering morning.


Our chickens have had a nice, happy life and we are thankful for the provision of healthy food for our family. (check out those feet - aren't they HUGE? The smallest bird we butchered today was 5.5 lbs dressed (plucked, gutted, etc.)

7 comments:

Laryssa Herbert said...

We are getting our first chickens this summer! Please let me know how yours taste at that weight. I've only had smaller chickens, but I'd like to let ours grow large enough to get more bang for our buck, so to speak.

Hannah said...

Laryssa,
They taste fantastic. Ours free range within a fenced area and we feed them grain. It only took eight wks for them to be at butchering weight. They are Cornish X fast, a mix between two breeds that bulk up quick.
The only issue is sometimes they bulk up so much that their legs cannot hold the weight. We butchered two early that had leg problems but they were still hefty birds, about the size of what you'd find in the grocery store.
Hannah

amy said...

Looks like a marvelous day~ Happy father's day to your husband!

Nurturing Faith and Family said...

wonderful pictures and narration of your day!

I wish we had chickens, but we are not allowed here (even though we are not in a suburban area and we do have 5 acres of land!?). maybe someday if we ever move i guess!

the heat and haze was bad today in here VA as well, even early this morning!

take care!

peachy983 said...

How did the children react to butchering day? Did you send the chickens out or do it yourself? I love the idea of raising chickens but I think I could only do it if I could find a local service to butcher the chickens.

Hannah said...

Peachy, we do the butchering ourselves and are fine with that. We don't cause the birds to suffer at all and it is a family affair. The kids caught the biggest ones for us, Andrew was thrilled to be allowed to remove the organs inside a few and help cut off the feet. I am chief plucker and Chase sat on my lap while I plucked telling me "yummy chicken" because after plucking it really does look like a grocery store chicken. Annaliese helped watch toddlers, catch chickens or run for things. Aiden liked plucking for a little while then went and played in the wading pool with Ella. And so...that's how it goes. :)

Lydia said...

The picture of Ella "daydreaming" is just beautiful!!

Very sweet photos. :)