Last week, Scott and the kids were able to go back and help our friends butcher their chickens! This time, he remembered to take pictures. If you've seen one dead chicken, you've seen another, so I thought would just post pictures from that day...because I know everyone wants to know how organic yard chickens are slaughtered....
First, they are shoved head first into these stainless cones. Their throats are cut and they are allowed to hang there and bleed out for a while.
Next, they go into the scalder (left) and plucker (right).
When they come through the little window to us, they look more like
a grocery store chicken... Especially after little Hallel cuts off their feet.
The people in the gutting line get footless chickens out of the ice buckets and go to work. This. Is. Gross. Guts. Are. Warm. Yuck.
After they are gutted, they are put into another ice bath to await packaging.
Finally, it's time to go cool off in the creek or channel while the grown ups finish up!
If you are cringing with disgust... Trust me...this is much more humane and sanitary than what the Tyson and Sanderson chickens experience!! (and they are oh so much more tasty!)