Opportunity knocked today and I decided to let it in. A friend of mine has poultry, mostly hens, but also a couple of roosters. One of them has been getting too aggressive and needed a final solution. This has given me the chance to practice hands-on a skill my persona would have used regularly on the farm.
So with my husband (a hunter) as backup, I have now gone through the process from rooster to ready-to-roast and am an experience richer:
- Definitely an outdoor activity as the feathers want to wander EVERYWHERE.
- Birds should be on water rations the last 24 hours before slaughter. That's what I get for reading the book on butchering after I get home.
- Feathers are the worst part of the job. I ended up flaying this bird in the end.
So now I have a 4 1/2 lb bird, and I assume he's not especially tender. He has the hugest legs have ever seen on a chicken:
My son has declared that he wants a chicken pie, so time to go find a recipe.
(originally posted to LiveJournal October 10, 2010)