in todays modern western society this topic is often regarded with disgust, revolution, horror not to mention the belief that chooks have the same feelings as humans. today in out society billions of chickens are slaughtered a year to provide a cheap source of protien. for most in out western society it is one of favourite fast foods.
due to the need of mass production of poultry we have lost the true flavour of a chicken. this comes from killing very young fast growing birds (6 to 8 weeks), the type of feed and living conditions and the vearieties of the birds of the birds involved. not too long ago killing chickens in the backyard was a common occurance, where the chicken was a treat restricted to special occasions like christmas and easter. today most australians look upon it with revoultion and disgust, horrified at what they percieve as brutality and hygiene issues and anything else they can see rather than look at the reality of the situation..if you eat meat an animal is going to die be it a lamb, a pig and calf, a fish or any other meat you plan to eat.
also today there is a growing resurgence, the want to seek out old lost skills to enrich our lives. keeping and eating our own poultry is one of them. more to this is the knowledge that we grew our own food, we control what we are feeding ourselves and our children. we want to know what it is to be involved in all parts of our food production and take pride in it.
this is just the introduction to the topic, i will be doing it bit by bit due to time constraints and uploading a lot of photos (and just incase i loose the whole lot in the wrong click of a key). it will be put in as a sticky so please don't add comments ....open another post for that. i will be doing it to the best of my ability with the help of my partner who has been doing these things since a child, having grown up on the land and in the bush....me i was just a doctors daughter brought up in town and sent to boarding school...this was not the part of my education that was considered important but i did learn to gut my own fish as a child , with no help at all so for those who are disgusted by this, are revolted by blood or do not wish to see any photos...go no further!!
we have tried to reduce the amount of blood seen in photos but blood is life and it swishes around in your body and mine. it is not just butchers who see lots of it so do health workers, rescue workers and so on. it is something that we get used to for the continuation of life.