Raising Chickens for Meat: Do-It-Yourself Pastured Poultry

Want to ensure that the bird on your plate was treated humanely and processed safely? Trying raising chickens for meat yourself.



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Raising chickens for meat on pastureland provides entertainment and a superior dining experience to flavorless supermarket fowl.
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Pluckers, such as this one from Featherman, make processing speedier.
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Call in the troops: Anyone, young or old, can participate in a community chicken harvest.
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Chickens are swiftly and humanely beheaded in cones nailed to trees.
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The birds are scalded to make feather removal easier.
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The enhanced fragrance and flavor are rewarding enough, but the extra savings don’t hurt!
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After feathers are plucked, the chickens’ innards are removed, and the birds are put on ice.
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Do-it-yourself processing table
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Portable coops, such as this A-frame model, allow birds to forage for worms, bugs and grasses.
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