Sunday we did our final butchering of the season. We had butchered roosters earlier in the spring and meaties in the summer. So our larder was already full with some good homegrown chicken. This last culling of our flock was done to bring us down to the right flock size for winter. Our perfect winter number is six.
It was hard for us because we lost three of the chickens destined for the freezer to the fox this week, such a waste. We had been dragging our feet, because butchering isn’t fun. With two winter storms under our belt we knew the next warm day we had to take action. Our time for procrastination was over. Sunday was it for us. The temps were in the 50’s and the wind was howling. Not perfection conditions but we put our heads down and got with it. In just under an an hour and a half we went from beginning to end in dressing out three hens. We are now ready for winter.