Podcast #265 – Slaughtering Chickens

We’ve talked about this day for months now, the day we usher aged laying hens from the coop to the dinner table. Yesterday was a milestone for us.


Looking at the process in the rear view mirror as we are now, we share some lessons for those who – like us – are harvesting chickens for the first time:

  • Start early in the day
  • Make sure your knife is really sharp
  • Get the scalding water heating while you’re getting everything else ready
  • Expect the chickens to complain loudly
  • For small scale slaughter, don’t spend money on a killing cone or feather plucker
  • Learn chicken anatomy
  • Secure the dog
  • Expect less meat, and expect it to be tough

Listen – 25:48

This morning after the slaughter, Amanda and I cleaned the coop thoroughly and put it up on blocks on the orchard floor so it can be ready for the young pullets now in our shop.
This morning after the slaughter, Amanda and I cleaned the coop thoroughly and put it up on blocks on the orchard floor so it can be ready for the young pullets now in our shop.

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