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chickens past their prime :)
May 5, 2011
1:46 pm
Mt. Alto, WV
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I've done meat birds for several years, but still…my first time having to cull old layers was hard!!  (Mean roosters, however, get no sympathy from me.)  Now I don't name my layers anymore and it helps if they all look the same too.  With 30+ hens, I just can't afford to keep them around and feed them if they're not “earning their keep”.  :P

I will simmer or pressure cook just until the meat is tender and done.  I remove the breast meat and set it aside so it doesn't get overcooked.  I know I could use the dark meat too, but it is too stringy for my tastes.  Then I toss all the rest back into the stock pot, throw in some onion, carrot, celery s&p and a few bay leaves and make broth.  I use some that day, in chicken soup or dumplings.  The rest I either can or freeze (depending on how much time I have).  Makes wonderful quick meals later!

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do , do it with thy might…

(Ecc. 9:10a)

May 5, 2011
2:32 pm
N.E. Ohio
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I make broth to can and or freeze as you say, as well as a few servings of soup at least once a month, sometimes more often, so I can use it for cooking etc.  Store bought stuff is too full of goodness only knows what, and all that sodium content is NUTs!

Located in N.E. Ohio

May 6, 2011
6:18 pm
Southern California
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I have one old hen who is about 7 or 8 years old. She has far outlived everyone else who came to our house with her and even several other batches as well. The funny thing about her is that as soon as everyone else around her starts laying she gets in there and gives us an egg every few days. We have named her, Sarah. hahahahha She is the boss of the yard, even telling the dogs where to go!!

Blessings, SueWarren

May 7, 2011
8:46 am
Super Chicken
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I have a feeling if it was left up to me we'd have a lot of chickens like your Sarah, suew.  Someone stopped by a couple weeks ago asking to purchase a few of our chickens.  I said yes, but then felt the shock of giving up some of our ladiess!  They even asked to purchase our ornery ones that liked to lay where I couldn't find the eggs.  You'd think that I'd be happy to see them go, but I was more attached then I realized.  I did sell them, but not sure I'll ever do it again.

We plan on doing meat chickens (Once dh can stay in country more than a few months at a time!), but meat chickens aren't around as long as our ladies.  We get to know the ladies and their personalities.  That  makes it harder for me to let go of them in anyway.

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