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Uploaded on Jul 1, 2011

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Alexia Allen of Hawthorn Farm is a wilderness skills instructor who also has a small farm in Woodinville, Washington. I thought she did a really good job of demonstrating a respectful harvest of a chicken.

I thought about trying to squeeze everything into a five minute video and decided instead to edit out very little. So there are two parts. This part is focused on separating the delicious bits from the rest. Butchering the chicken. Mostly fishing out the guts and and getting the chicken ready for the soup pot.

First she cuts off the oil gland. Then she cuts off the feet.

Next she opens up the chicken and starts us on the tour of chicken parts: We see the crop, the gizzard, the esophagus, trachea, the vent, lots of excellent yellow fat, "tubes inside tubes", ovaries, liver, heart, gall bladder loaded with bright green bile.

This hen found some windshield glass and was using it in her gizzard.

The leftover guts (offal) go to the compost bucket.

She likes to suck the raw egg yolk from the unformed eggs. Nature's high protein juice box!

She also shows how to process chicken legs for the soup pot. It adds gelatin!


Relevant threads at permies:
http://www.permies.com/permaculture-f...
http://www.permies.com/permaculture-f...
http://www.permies.com/permaculture-f...
http://www.richsoil.com/raising-chick...

music by Jimmy Pardo

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