We decided to have chicken for dinner.
This is a quick – grab a chicken and get him in a pot kind of chicken slaughter. If you want the down&dirty full blown step-by-step how to process a homegrown chicken go here. It will probably give you more than you ever wanted to know about butchering your own chickens.
Do not read this post if you have a squeamish stomach.
Do not read this post if you think chicken comes from Kroger. Wait, maybe you should read this if you think chicken comes from Kroger.
Do not read this post if you are offended by blood, death, or feathers.
We have a flock of 23 chickens. Now 22. We have too many roosters. Too many roosters is a problem.
- They are noisy.
- They don’t lay eggs.
- They can be aggressive and mean.
- They have one thing on their minds every waking hour and it can be rough on the hens.
The last reason is the main reason why we need to lower the rooster population at our place.
Here is the Target. I got this guy on clearance at Tractor Supply this spring for 50 cents. I actually bought 7, but they didn’t seem to catch on to the “go in the coop at night so you don’t get eaten” routine. So, now I have 4. And the coyote’s are very thankful for the buffet we left out for them. Of the 4 I have left, 2 are roasters…… I mean roosters.
Here is my youngest son with the dinner, I mean rooster.
We are going with the fastest, simplest, we just want a chicken in a pot in 15 minutes version of chicken processing. There are much more detailed, time-consuming ways to butcher a chicken. Today is not that day. Today I need a chicken fast.
To speed things up, we are going to:
- Kill the chicken.
- Then “remove” the wings, and feet. Chop Chop.
- Instead of plucking, we decided to just take the skin off this guy. It’s a fast solution when you only have 15 minutes to go from farm to table or from field to pot. You just slip off the skin like you are taking off his clothes.
- Last, we removed the internal organs. Since we homeschool it was an opportunity to do some live science. Last year we dissected a frog, earthworm, craw-fish, and some other fish. This year we are starting with a chicken.
- Rinse the chicken & store on ice until you are ready to cook.
Easy – fast. Mr. Rooster is ready to go in the pot.
We need to add some fresh veggies to go with this roaster. To the basement to grab some garlic & onions. Yes, I have garlic and onions in storage with my Christmas Decorations.
This is my oldest daughter chopping up the veggies.
Into the pot it all goes. Cover with water. Add seasoning (we used Lawrys, pepper, salt, and a little apple cider vinegar). Simmer for several hours & enjoy!
I was surprised when I learned how healthy free-range chickens are. Free-range by FDA standards, can be very different from what I consider Free-range. My chickens have the entire farm to roam on. They eat grass, plants, bugs, seeds, nuts, anything they want. A chicken that is allowed to eat this way will always eat the correct diet. It won’t eat too much protein, or too much grain, or too much leafy stuff.
On the other hand, if chickens are kept fenced in special care has to be taken with their diets to be sure they are getting what they need in the correct balance.
A Free-range chicken is so healthy for you it is like medicine. This is where the old saying comes from that you should eat Chicken Broth when you are sick. When you simmer that whole chicken all day you are getting all the nutrition from the entire chicken. The meat, the fat, the bones, the marrow, all that goodness is absorbed into the stock (or broth). So good for you.
We actually got over 5 quarts of stock from this little guy. We put most of it in the freezer that we will use to cook veggies, soups, stews, rice, potatoes, and all sorts of other good things.
I de-boned the chicken and used the meat to make a chicken salad too. Yum!