Brett, Doogie and I headed up to the Rochester area of NY this past Friday. My parents live in Penfield, and friends Andy & Kelli live about 20 minutes out of town. Last year they raised 40 chickens, which they slaughtered for their own cooking and some to share. This year they nearly doubled the amount, ending up with 75 chickens raised organically out in their yard.
After hearing about the process last year, I said I'd be willing to help this year - or at least try. I wasn't sure if I could follow through with the killing, but I could try to help. I wasn't the only one, both Andy and Kelli's parents, plus a few other friends, came out to help. Here's Andy showing there the chickens will be supported upside down before, um, "being drained".
And here's the first of the chickens resting nice and cozy in their cones.
For the first half of the chickens, I stuck at the head-and-leg-removal station. No chicken got past with with a head or feet. SOME chickens made it to my station missing a head - there were a few accidents in the Whizz Bang Chicken Plucker. Eh, by that time they were in no condition to miss their heads, trust me.
For the second half of the chickens, I toughened up and helps catch and kill the chickens. Boy was it an eye-opener. Some folks want to think their food is raised boneless, on a styrofoam tray. I think I have a bit more respect and understand for where my meat comes from now...
To see PLENTY more pictures, click on the image below to get to the complete image gallery. I keep the pictures pretty safe for the most part, going through the whole day...and only show the more gruesome stuff AFTER you get a warning. That way you can decide if you want to see the bloodier parts.
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