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Friday, June 12, 2009

Hmmm...the fate of our chickens

Warning: The dark underbelly of aprons is rearing it's ghastly head in todays post!

There are aprons for all kinds of jobs. This here happens to be the type of apron used to process chickens. This scene will prove to be a familiar one in the near future at our property.


Here on the compound our chickens are in a sad state. They don't have any tail feathers and when they do grow some they are immediately plucked out by the other chickens. The problems were two fold with these birds. One of the varieties called the Danish Leghorn are especially busy and pecky. And apparently their feed was lacking in the proper percentage of protein. So with pesky plucky birds they figured out the way to get protein was to pick the feathers off the others and eat them (if you feel the need to see how pathetic they look, go here).

Well, it has become a nasty habit that they are unable to control even with proper protein ratios. And as a result I may have to invest in one of these kind of aprons so that I can process our sad little chickens. But we can fill our freezer with the outcome. I am not sure I will be so enthusiastic to include this apron in my collection...

The up side is that we are getting more chickens that are fully feathered and just beautiful. I can't wait to see them. These new chicken will definitely not need their own little chicken aprons!

6 Goddesses Have Spoken:

Persuaded said...

sadly, i am all too familiar with chicken "processing" as we raised our own for food last summer. i made special little aprons for the event. out of black garbage bags. and no, i didn't take any photos. i did, however run the plucking machine..

*shudders*

Sara said...

It's a man apron! Enjoy the good eating.

Knitnut,Karen said...

I'm not planning on eating our chickens. I got them for egg production.

Suzi said...

Originally we got ours for egg production too. However they have developed a sick sense of plucking each other bald. So our motto...Out with the old and in with the new.

the ungourmet said...

Those dang chickens!
Who exactly will be doing the "offing" of the chickens? Are there people to call or do you have to do it??? I don't think I could do it! People used to be so tough in the old days when we didn't have conveniences like supermarkets.

Terri said...

Been there, done that - did NOT like it. :( If we had to rely on my processing abilities for our chicken we wouldn't have it very often! Still, sometimes you have to put on your big girl apron and do what must be done. Good luck!