Well, howdy do! It's a beautiful rainy Monday morning which is a nice weather change after a pretty hot weekend. Even though it was warm out, Bob and I as well as our friends Patty and Arthur tackled the job of harvesting and processing 70 pastured raised chickens.
This round of processing was a bit different. I have been raising on farm processed meat chickens for people for at least 8 years now. This is the first time I have EVER used a spinning chicken plucker. And my oh my what a difference that made. I usually just scald and hand pluck birds. The plucker took less than a minute to get those feathers off, and it cuts out the strain on your hands from plucking so many birds.
Plus there where other "improvements". The first one is that I received a grant from FACT-Farm Animal Concerns Trust. This organization gave me a small grant to invest in heat shrink bags for poultry and to help with local advertising. Second was having a double propane burner on legs. This served to heat water up for scalding chickens and for dipping bagged chickens in to make the bags shrink to each processed chicken. In the past I have only used a ground level burner for my processing. It's not very ergonomically friendly and only one burner means we often had to stop to heat up a fresh kettle of water. Last is the draining rack that Bob made with PVC pipes. This allows processed birds to drain after soaking in an ice water bath. Getting rid of excess water before bagging is important.
Moving on, if you are interested in fresh, pasture raised chickens you can sign up for a second round of chicken shares that will be harvested in mid October. This is also when my turkeys will be ready for processing. I have a limited amount of turkeys left, so consider signing up for a chicken or turkey meat share for this fall!
Pastured Poultry Meat Shares
Now, just a little bit on some slow but steady social media changes. For personal reasons I have struggled feeling o.k supporting facebook. I have started moving away from my personal page and exclusively using my business page. I also use instagram, twitter, and mewe as social media platforms. Not to mention my own website. I'm not sure what the future will hold in keeping a facebook account at all. While it's not a priority in the summer time to be working so much on the computer, I may end up moving completely off facebook this winter. In the process I want to keep more current on my website. Updating regularly with pictures and short blogs. I also might start using youtube a bit more to share farm related videos. In large, I have hopes and goals to start having more on farm interactions. I know covid-19 poses a barrier in doing this right now, but creating a safe way for people to interact and learn in the future is something I'm keeping in mind.
As always, thank you for the support!
Below on the left are the finished bagged chickens. To the right, while it looks pretty weird, it's a draining rack that Bob made with PVC pipes. This allows excess water to drain from the chickens after soaking in ice water for quite a while. Cooling the birds down and getting rid of excess water needs to happen before bagging!
Thank you again to Patty and Arthrur for helping process all those chickens!! Chicken share members are welcome to help during the chicken processing as well.
Born and raised in a small town, then moved back to the same small town. Jill of many trades and happy to be so.