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Butchering Chickens

Sunday was the day finally came that it was time to butcher the chickens. We were all a bit nervous as it was the first time any of us tried this. G, Sonny, Claire and Eric got it all set up and ready to go.

I was a coward and wimped out. My job was to make a nice meal. LOL The first chicken took quite a long time to do. They got quicker with each following chicken. It took them about 4 hours to do 15 chickens. 

 We chilled the chickens overnight. Monday I cooked the chickens and then we picked the meat off the bones.  All the bones, chicken feet, water, onions, carrots, celery, garlic, bay leaf, salt and pepper went into 2 roasters and a big stockpot to make bone broth. It simmered for 48 hours. Tuesday I canned all the chicken. Wednesday I canned the chicken soup and the bone broth.

This is what 15 meat chickens gave us. Chicken, chicken soup and bone broth. We are very thankful for the chickens that will feed us. They had a very good life until the last day. They weren't fed any hormones or kept in small cages. They enjoyed the yard, ate bugs and had fresh water and grain at all times. Boy did they eat!! We probably went through 150 pounds of feed in 9 weeks. Will we do it again? Probably. The ones that did the actual butchering said it wasn't as bad as they expected. It is hard work taking care of the chickens, butchering and canning but we have very good healthy chicken food on the shelf.

G and S finish the outside table that the glass top broke in a storm. It has 3 layers of resin. It is heavy so it would take a tornado to move it. 

I have been canning almost daily for the last 2 weeks. I have tomatoes and green beans waiting on me to can today. We haven't been to the garden in 2 days so we will probably have another couple of buckets yet to pick. The garden is slowing down.

S sold his house. We have been moving some of his stuff out and all that is left is the furniture to be moved. My house is a wreck from canning and we have boxes everywhere. But as Scarlett O'Hara said “After all, tomorrow is another day!” We are all worn out but it's winding down and then we can rest.

How was your week?


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