The total? 82.28 pounds of clean, fresh, chicken.
15 birds in total, gave us an average of 5.49 pounds a bird. This is higher than our last average of the 13 we did, which were 69.71 pounds, an average of 5.36 pounds a bird. It doesn't seem like a huge difference until you take into account that there were 2 more birds this time, and that last time we had 7 come out under 5 pounds. This time we only had 3 come out under 5 pounds. Yep, 5 pounds is the number I like to see. Seems like a good one to me.
Pretty damn good. Wanna see?
|Before shrinking the bags.|
My husband did try his hand at the processing, but said it was not for him. And that's ok. I got pretty fast. It still is not the most fun I could have, processing birds, but I have to say that more than once I reflected on the fact that I was glad I knew how to--and could--do it. Honest food created honestly. It's a good feeling.
|All shrunk and ready for the deep freeze.|
And yep, we fed others with this group aside from ourselves. We are only keeping 6. 9 will be going to new homes to be enjoyed. Yesterday my husband and I discussed the number for next time. We'll probably up it to 30 or 35 birds. We have orders for several already, and since we're done with birds after this batch, we have to make it all the way to May before the next batch would be ready. That's a long time, so we need to have enough for winter.
That'll be a two day processing, though. No way would I do that in a day. It would be a VERY long one.
Today, because yesterday I created food kind of destructively, I decided to create food constructively. I canned.
Pickles, peaches, and mock pineapple.
|I love that "ting" noise the tops make!!!|
It is getting so that I feel like I'm cheating when I go to the farmer's market to buy produce. All the farms are local, so I feel good about that, but I didn't grow the food, so it feels like I'm cheating. It's funny how my attitude towards food production has changed so much over the short time. I never would have batted an eye at buying from the farmer's market before--in fact, I would have patted myself on the back for it. But now, I feel like a total cheat, even though I'm still doing all the work. I know, go ahead and roll your eyes. It's weird. I can't help it, though.
I wonder if there's farmer therapy somewhere. Or maybe I should just grow a larger garden. That might be cheaper in the long run.
Anywho, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! Enjoy the rest of your day!
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