Lots of life on a plentiful farm… but also, there’s got a be some death sometimes! Sometimes owls go hunting, hawks swoop down, little chicks don’t make it, a pretty flower gets pecked bare… and sometimes there are too many roosters in the coop and some have to go. We had 5 roosters to 10 lady hens and it was too much on the hens… plus a coq au vin sounded pretty good. So, we sharpened our knife, set up a cone and went to work.
Let me stand on my soapbox for 1 minute and say: death is apart of life and if you eat meat it is important to be able to fully understand that an animal had to die for what you are nourishing yourself with. If we thought about this just a tad more we would make better decisions about where we get our meat and how much meat we eat!
We killed 2 of our 5 roosters and since then all the ladies are laying every single day without fail.
If I had more time I would go into how we killed the chickens. We did it swiftly with a bonk on the head and an extremely knife to the throat. Let it blead out upside down and then a 25 second dip in some hot water, 2 minutes of plucking, eviscerating and then voila!