- We didn’t buy cornish cross chicks – the so-called meat birds that possess a body shape that resembles the chickens found in grocery stores.
- Instead we decided to cull our extra roosters. There were too many and were getting to be a little hard on the hens.
- We only did two birds rather than ten or twenty.
- I did not do any of the work. My husband did it all himself with a little help from the kids. The kids rounded up the two birds and put them in a crate. My husband set up the pulley and bucket, table and hose, scald pot and plucking counter. All I did was remind him to wear long sleeves and to read the directions.
- Because these were older, scrawnier birds they’ll probably be for the pot rather than for roasting.
Our roasting chickens were delicious and twenty of them lasted us almost a full year so we’ll probably do that again next year, but at least we’ve got something. And it’s nice to move a little closer to sustainability.