|Ethel was definitely not a hen|
Before you get started with the business of turning live birds into chicken dinners, you want to first set up an area in which to do it. A plastic topped table is helpful because it's easily washed-- otherwise get a plastic tablecloth. You also need a large pot of steaming water. I've read that it needs to be 140 degrees, but LJ (Rae's intended) told us that if you can dunk your finger in three times and it finally hurts like hell on the third dunk, the water's hot enough. And then finally a cone of some sort placed upside down on a wall, or in this case, on a post is also helpful for calming down the bird and making the whole sordid deal for them a little easier to take. I've read that this is the most humane way to kill chickens, so I was relieved when I saw that Rae and LJ already had a cone set up. I mean, I've seen how they raise their animals and know that each species has plenty of room to wander and fresh air and sunshine and shade, depending on what they want and need, and they are living good lives, especially her hogs, who for all the world look like they're smiling contentedly while they're stretched out in the deep shade of their little woods on a hot day. I was happy to see that they would also have good deaths, and really, that's the best you can hope for in this world. We all of us want our deaths to be as quick as possible, and that's what the very, very sharp knife you're going to use is for- make sure that the knife you'll use is extremely sharp, because it will make quick, clean work of the kill thrust, as well as be a whole lot safer for you. It also makes getting the chicken apart a lot easier. The last thing you'll want handy is a bucket for catching everything. Rae and LJ thoughtfully had a plastic garbage bag stretched over a bin tote, and that worked very well.
|Lung is that dark pink thing on left|
So that's it.
|The de rigueur chicken puppet|
Since it also taught me something about myself as well, I'm profoundly grateful to them for the lesson.
Editorial note: this is my 400th post, so I'm glad I was able to commemorate it with something useful.