I butchered my first bird
In theory, I was all about getting meat birds this spring. After today's experience, I will definitely get meat birds. I had ordered two roosters with the thought that I would cull the beta at some point. That point kept getting pushed back due to my own hesitation about the whole process. I'm writing about this to let others in my same situation know that a novice can do it and do it humanely. Some old timers or old hands at the process might laugh but since it has been a generation since it was common practice for a lot of folk, I wanted to tell my experience.
I am an animal LOVER yet I'm not a vegetarian. I like to to eat meat and it has to come from somewhere. What pulled me through today was the fact that my rooster had a charmed life up until we butchered him. He ate all the best types of food and had his way with the hens. Despite our newness to the whole process, he didn't seem to suffer in any way and for lack of personal experience, we followed "the book." I resorted to looking for pictures online during the dressing process because the books didn't have very complete pictures. The things I learned today will help me later. The meat is now in the fridge to be aged a few days before cooking him.
I guess I just needed a little morale support. I'm a nurse so wasn't grossed out by the details but sometimes other people's reaction is enough to make you think you are a monster or something. Lori