Note that all of the pictures from Day 2 of butchering were taken by Farm Boy 1, our hopeful (but not very experienced) 9 year old photographer. =)
Another day of butchering!!
The Farmer got up and turned on the scalder at 6:30 am (Brilliant!). We were ready to start processing birds by 9:30 (and the scalder was hot enough then!).
This is the lighter we used because the pilot on the scalder kept going out. Maybe wind, or?
I’m pretty sure Ma Ingalls never had to buy any playdough. She just butchered chickens & gave the insides to her kids to squish around for a while. =)
All of the kids got into it! This is me with Farm Boy 2.
I’m glad they were having fun during this process!
This is the ice/water bath that the chickens went it. I bleached it out before we used it.
We used 7 large bags of ice (throughout the day–5 at first–2 added later) and while it stayed very cold, I think maybe 1 or 2 more bags of ice would have been better. We spent a fortune on ice! =)
This is what the feathers look like when they come out of the plucker. They’ll make nice compost.
The gory details.
We’ve decided on two things we need for the next butchering:
(see how we’re bending over! 2 days of that will give you back pain! =)
Farm Boy 1 was in charge of timing The Farmer while he put the chickens in the scalder. 60 seconds. No more, no less.
The Farmer and the scalder.
Farm Boy 1, our photographer.
We were butchering after the sun went down. We took an hour long break for lunch, and then kept on working and ate dinner after 8 pm.
On Day 2 of butchering, we processed a total of 73 chickens, 1 turkey and 1 goose. It got so dark that the ducks were spared (for now ;).
The chicken plucker didn’t work on the goose. We need to learn about scalding a goose (maybe it takes longer? Maybe it just doesn’t work on a goose?).
We were exhausted and had back aches, but we think it was well worth it!
So far we’ve had 2 reviews from friends who LOVED our chicken and said it was very tender and tasty! YAY! Â That’s what we want to hear! =)