So our first experience at processing our own chickens happened yesterday. We drove to another families farm that had all the equipment and we processed 13 chickens. 3 hens and 10 roasters. Officially we are back down to only 8 hens and 1 roaster at the Turner Homestead. We lost a few over the summer for various reasons but 13 chickens in the freezer isn’t bad. This was our first year trying this and next year we will have more experience with hatching our own flocks, and getting them processed throughout the summer and fall. Our over all goal is to have at least 2 chickens a week to eat for now. That along with our beef we will soon have should be enough meat to keep from having to purchase anything from the store. Outside of bacon that is. 🙂 That is the one of the next projects here at the homestead.
Braden helped out a lot and glad he got the experience. Bennett and Bryson played hard with the family that hosted us kids. It was a good finding this family. They line up with many of our beliefs and way of life. Even though they are a good drive away we look forward to meeting up with them again.
We had our fun surprises along the way. The first was a down pour that lasted about 15 minutes. Came out to find one of my hens was walking around with a sliced neck. Not very fast but she was still walking around. 🙂 Another surprise was finding tons of eggs in another hen. I just wasn’t expecting that.
So, now we know how the process works. Next year we will plan on getting our own equipment so we can do it ourselves. We also plan on having more than 13 new frozen birds as well. We just need to plan for a bigger freezer to hold all the meat. 😉
Then the day ended at Dairy Queen for some food and ice cream!