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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Butchering Day

Okay, so we did take the easy way out and had our chickens processed at a processing facility. But, the processor did all 42 birds in less than 1 hour, start to finish.

Last ride     

This is what they looked like on their way out this morning. I found myself feeling a little sorry for them. But then I realize that their lives would only get worse if we allowed them to live any longer. Fortunately, we didn't see any broken legs or heart failure in the 7 weeks we had them. Their lives were the best we could give them, lots of food, fresh grass every day, and clean water. Cornish X are different than any chicks I had ever seen. Not that we had a bad experience with them and we will raise them again in the fall.

On the way home
They look beautiful. Clean. Better than any chicken I have seen in the store in forever. I hope they taste as good as they look. I will let you know how they turn out, and will be posting pictures of the packaging process.

Have a great day!


  1. Hi Mae! Just curious, about how much does it cost to have them processed? We are hoping to raise meat chickens this fall and I wonder if that's the route we'll take. I can't wait to read more! Thanks for sharing! Blessings from Bama!

  2. Most processors here in KY charge $3.75 per bird and if you have less than 50 birds there is a $25 fee. We chose to go to a small processor who did them for $3 a bird with no extra charges for having less than 50. We had thought about doing it ourselves but that's kind of time consuming when you have a limited amount of time. Blessings to you! And good luck with your birds. I highly recommend Cackle Hatchery.