Yes. We finally took our 65 roasters to be butchered on Saturday. This might seem pretty routine or like something that is not a big deal, but let me tell you, if you had spent most of your summer feeding and watering (non-stop watering) chickens, you would be jumping for joy with me! By last week, those suckers were drinking over 30 gallons of water A DAY! Talk about a backache.
This picture is of my hubby and our friend, Kino (I posted about him awhile back) picking up the crates to put the birds into. I'm not going to post any pictures of the actual birds in the crates - then the animal activists will come and butcher me and that doesn't sound like much fun. However, these birds lived the awesome chicken life, man. As much food as they want to eat, water to drink, never penned up, sitting under the shade tree, eating grass & bugs and basically livin' high on the hog........er, chicken?
People always ask us, "how are you able to kill these animals after you become attached?" For us, we try to have the philosophy that certain animals come onto our place strictly for the purpose of eating. Our kids understand this and they don't have a hard time with it. I have never been able to understand people who DON'T become attached to the animals they will eat. Just because we are going to eat them we aren't supposed to treat them well, pet them and spoil them? I always tell the kids, "we are good to them now and they will be good to us later". If you could see me with our pig, you wouldn't believe she is going to be butchered later next week. When she sees me, she comes over to the fence, lays down and rolls on her side so I can scratch her belly. I love her, but we got her specifically so we could raise and eat our own pork and I have no desire to have a 'pet' pig. But she is cute, isn't she?
So, a lot of people would disagree with me, I know, but maybe everyone should get to know and be good to their food animals. In my mind, it makes for a much nicer cycle in the circle of life.