Another Saturday, another chicken processing extravaganza

by Jessie K on October 29, 2012

This weekend, Jake and I processed our next to final batch of broiler chickens.

We did 25 in all. Between the two of us, we knocked it out in about 4 hours. Not bad. We can’t resist timing our performance and devising ways to speed production. Because we are nerds. Here, the freshly processed birds soak in an ice bath before being bagged and weighed.

Then the kill cones were scrubbed and sanitized.

(Please note how I don’t show the nitty, gritty shots of processing day. I do this to retain a mystique of glamour.)

June helped Jake put away all the newly cleaned equipment.

She loves riding around in the Bobcat with Jake. If he takes off without her, she lets us know of her great displeasure.

Only one more batch of birds to go before our winter break!

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

jk October 29, 2012 at 5:56 pm


4 hours?! You must have an auto plucker! Where did you get your killing cones?

Jessie K October 29, 2012 at 6:46 pm


Absolutely we have an auto plucker, called ominously The Featherman. I’m not sure where Jake ordered the kill cones. From some online suppliers.

tara belle October 29, 2012 at 11:12 pm


june looks so mischievous. love it.

deb October 30, 2012 at 6:55 am


That’s a happy little girl!

Rachel Faucett October 30, 2012 at 9:47 am


That’s too funny, I’ve got picks of my boys in the Bobcat on our farm as well :p Love the blog!

Jessie K October 30, 2012 at 4:07 pm


Thanks, Rachel. I am a fan of yours…and I notice you’re a fellow Babble Voices blogger!

sarah saffran October 30, 2012 at 1:16 pm


That little girl is too cute! Will we get to see you guys in B’more over the holidays?

Jessie K October 30, 2012 at 3:46 pm


I hope so, Sarah!

Meaghan October 30, 2012 at 3:38 pm


Where did you find the little ear protectors for June? I Haven’t been able to find any small enough for my daughter. If I could get her in the bobcat with me I could get a lot more done around here!

Jessie K October 30, 2012 at 3:56 pm


They were an old pair Jake had lying around. They have an adjustable head strap which can be cinched tight across her head. Should be available at any heavy equipment or tool store: Tractor Supply, Home Depot, Northern Tool, etc.

Meaghan October 30, 2012 at 6:05 pm


Hmm…I can’t get ours to adjust down small enough for our kid. Perhaps I just need to try a different variety.

Karen Stanley October 31, 2012 at 12:51 pm


Yum, can’t wait to pick up our chickens! June is a girl after my boys hearts. I’m sure they’ll grow up to love a girl that has an appreciation for heavy equipment. Finn is a bobcat fan as well.

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