Saturday a good friend of my wife’s told me that her husband was willing to let me watch/help/learn the process of butchering and cleaning some meat chickens. She has been providing us with 75% of the eggs we need for 9 months or so now, but they also raise meat birds once in a while.
I wish I had some pictures, which I don’t, but it was a good educational day. He taught me everything, step by step, from the hen house (where the chickens had been fasting for 24 hours) to the freezer and I got to do it all myself, twice. It took 3 hours.
It feels good to learn something so basic…like I’m reconnecting with a process that most people would have known 100 years ago or so. I have a new appreciation and respect for the animal and the meal. I also have a new determination to understand how local big-box stores can sell me a prepared rotisserie chicken for $2.50. It doesn’t make sense.
He let me take home one of the two meat birds that I butchered and cleaned. We’ll be preparing it tonight and we already plan a chicken barley soup for the leftovers. To thank him I brought over two bags of feed for the egg layers.