We did it. We killed half of our meat chickens today and we will kill the rest in the morning. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. It was actually very interesting. Plucking chickens is sorta fun. Byron did all the killing and butchering. I'm not that brave yet. Although before it was over I was peeping at Byron wringing their necks and wasn't as shocked as I thought I'd be. I did the plucking, sorting, bagging, and freezing.
O.K. If you don't like gross close your eyes for the next paragraph. Byron was a little too enthusiastic when he was wringing the first one's neck. He came inside looking bewildered. I asked him how it went. He said, "Well, the head came off." Me-"You cut the head off?" Byron-"No it came off when I was wringing it." Evidently in his efforts to kill the chicken quickly he was left with a severed head in his hand and the chicken flopping off in the distance. I guess it died quickly and with as little pain as possible. I found this great blog site with photos of how to butcher a chicken if your interested. How to butcher a chicken.
Here's the first one. It weighed 5 lbs and 2 and 3/8ths ounces. Three of them were over six pounds, two were just under 5 pounds and the other two were over five pounds.
And this is how the first one looked fried. Wish I could have shared it with you so you would know how it taste's. It was really yummy.