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More blood and guts.


This animal makes our little ‘deer success’ minute in comparison. We gave the deer to someone else that was short of meat at Christmas time and then prayed we would still find an Elk. I’m sooo pleased that it happened for us. The big old hind quarter was much larger than my table was prepared for, but […]

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Cutting the Deer Meat


To save money I usually butcher my own meat. I don’t always do it professionally, but as long as it suits me, who cares? The Deer we got was  ‘smallish’ so it won’t take long to cut up. I did the 2 front quarters in 3 hours (?…I didn’t keep track of the time very […]

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Rest of the Roosters


They were getting no rest at all. You see…two weeks ago I heard a weird sounding animal…somewhere. I had to hear it 4 times before it occurred to me that the new roosters had matured to the early crowing stage. When the first try this they sound forlorn and pitiful, rather than brave and majestic. That […]

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Hens vs the Roosters


I have to soon decided which ones are cocks (male) and which are poulets (female) birds in my flock of 26 Barred Rock chickens. They are over 2 months old. some of them have combs that are larger than the others. This isn’t always a perfect clue as to the sex though. Some cocks are slow developing […]

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Butchering the Chicks


When I butchered the rooster before I had to skin him to get the feathers off. Normally we try a totally different approach to the real butchering process. These Cornish Giants are slowly moving heavy birds. I can reach under their chest and measure their girth with my hand. The reason I do this is […]

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Pieces of Chicken (cont.)


                                                                                                                 Rooster Gonads >>   7. The gizzard can be sliced carefully down the center and the the flesh pulled by hand away from the stomach sack to leave an edible piece of organ. Discard the stomach lining and contents – or feed it to the other birds. I prefer to just cut the meatier […]

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Getting the Feathers Off


Immediately after beheading or sticking a chicken you have to get the guts out asap. I have to get some feathers off first so I can tell where I’m going. (Click on pictures to enlarge them) 1. Stick the knife upside down under the skin at the knuckle of the leg and cut towards the base […]

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Rooster and Hens heading for the coop

Tomorrow the Rooster Dies


This is the plan:  I’m going to sneak into the pasture pen @ 2am or so when it’s as dark as possible to capture the flighty rooster. When you are this far north there isn’t much darkness during the night as we are close to the longest day of the year. In fact the landscape […]

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