Before I go any further I will warn you that some of the pictures are a bit graphic. If you would rather not view them I understand. The reason I am showing them is that I believe way to many Americans are to far removed from the growing, raising and processing of the food they consume everyday. The cold, hard fact is that plants and animals must die in order for us to live. It's not pretty but it's a necessary part of everyday life. While we should not really "like" killing things we need not feel shame or guilt in doing it properly. It's the way God ordered His created world. "Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant." Genesis 9:3 So, if you want to continue - here we go...
An interesting observation: while Merlin wears almost knee high boots, all the girls walk around bare-footed. But I'm not surprised; I never take my shoes/boots off outside. Marla does occasionally. It takes her back to her childhood when she hardly wore shoes all summer.
In a little over an hour, we leave with three coolers full of chicken.
After a little accounting I figure our chicken costs us $1.70 per lb. That includes buying the chicks, shipping (which was outrageous), buying feed and paying the butcher. Not real cheap - but if you compare it to the organic/pastured chicken you buy at the store it is probably significantly cheaper.
Hope you are having a good summer and thanks again for stopping by the Lil Bitty Farm blog.