This week we had 2 little bundles of fluff join us here at the farm.
These little guys however were not destined to be pets, they are destined for the freezer. And yes that sounds very harsh when they are such cute little fluff balls.
Originally "Bubble " was sitting on 6 eggs but one got broken and 3 were not fertile. So now we will have to wait for our other bantam to go clucky again because we really want about 10 chickens for the freezer.
We have been discussing the idea of raising meat chickens decided for a while now and have decided that now is the time to give it a go. We both like to eat meat and we believe that learning to raise and butcher our own chickens in an ethical way is a skill we should learn.
I grew up on a hobby farm and we used to butcher our own chickens and turkeys so I am not completely unfamiliar with the process but I am not sure that using an axe to remove heads is the method I want to use. I suspect it would not be the safest method and am concerned about it not being a clean kill so to speak.
I have been looking at different methods of butchering chickens and there seems to be a lot of information on the Internet but I would really love some thoughts from those of you who have undertaken this process before.
What method did you use?
Do you have any tips?