On Monday morning, I was in such a foul (pardon the pun) mood and close to tears due to lack of sleep and sheer frustration but I couldn't bring myself to kill him. I don't think it's right to kill an animal out of anger. So I spent the day psyching myself up to do the deed on the Tuesday. I don't know what it's like for other people but I literally spend the day beforehand watching youtube clips and reading about other people's experiences with killing chickens. I also do lots of research about how to best cook a rooster. They're meat is known to be tough and it needs to be treated with respect. I love the taste of rooster. I love all those delicious red gamey meats. If you are going to subject yourself (and the bird) to slaughter, the meal you create had better be damned good.
So Tuesday rolls on, the Colonal is singing his little heart out and the sun hasn't even come up yet. I lay awake but this time there is no cursing, just a steal reserve that this is the day. I operated on automatic; fixing Dan's lunch, feeding the animals and having a cup of tea before I began setting up the slaughter stations. It was raining so I decided to do the plucking and dressing inside for a change. First job was to put a big pot of water on the boil, all the while sharpening my knife while getting the water temp up to 70C.
This is our killing cone. We call it the cone of silence. We made it out of one of those flexible plastic buckets and a couple of bolts then screwed it to the frame of the compost bins.
Just above this area are some big barrels full of water for the vege garden so it's easy enough to hose off the blood as soon as the bird stops wriggling around.
The adrenaline flows through you like you've been zapped by an electric fence. I cried my eyes out! Continuously apologising to the Colonal and telling him how awesome he was while I brutally hacked off his head was awful and all I wanted was a cigarette (I don't smoke) and a scotch at 10 o'clock in the morning.
What we would really like is one of these chook despatcher/neck breaker devices we've seen on River Cottage but at $75, we'll just have to do it the old fashioned way until we have a greater calling for it. Yes, we'll be growing out meat birds in the near future so this will be in the budget.
You can purchase them from Morrigan Farm in Mudgee: https://www.morriganfarm.com.au/store/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=75&search=mf001
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You can also see my recipe here.