Friday, March 16, 2012

Waste Nothing

Last night one of the chickens was squacking for a long time. I think the other chickens were biting it. This is not a huge problem, but it does happen and P has had to put the vulnerable chickens into their own coop. Sadly, the chicken that was being attacked was among those deemed vulnerable. Talk about irony.
Meanwhile, today P slaughtered 100 chickens to sell over the weekend. Social practice here is that the insides of the chicken, head and feet are also food, so she's busy packaging those parts  as we speak. The packaging is working out as entrails from 3 chickens per per and 3 heads and 6 feet  in another pack retailing at R10 per pack. That added up to R660  worth of stock from today's job, which is nice extra money in addition to the money made from the chickens. We expect that most of these small packages will be sold to neighbours who need something to eat but can't afford a full chicken and those who see them as a delicacy.

I met with the man who's going to help us set up the vegetable garden. It's been raining non-stop for the past couple of days, so he can't start the work immediately.  But as soon as the rain stops, he'll come over and start doing the soil prep. It will be such a relief to get the winter garden started!

Question: Would you eat chicken heads, feet or entrails? If not, what do you do with them when you've slaughted a chicken?

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