Country Catches Critical Chicken Crisis — Can Old Fashioned Remedy come to the Rescue?

2 or 3 days old, backyard chickens
2 or 3 days old, backyard chickens

Chickens are starting to appear in larger and larger numbers in animal shelters. Animal shelters? Really?

Really really. This is a real story. The story goes on to say that people no longer want their chickens after the birds have stopped laying eggs, and just don’t know what to do with them! Are we really spending tax payer dollars, or donor dollars, on abandoned chickens because people do not know what to do with them?

My wife and I have backyard chickens. When these chickens stop laying eggs, they are not going to become pets. They are not going to be dumped on some poor overworked/underfunded animal shelter. And they are not going to be dumped in some neighborhood like a college kid’s puppy that is no longer wanted because summer break has arrived. This is a real problem. Yes, sadly Country Catches Critical Chicken Crisis (c5) is not a joke. This is a reflection of the super-modernized, super-sanitized culture we live in. People sit at their computer screens, distant from the “dirty” processes that make the real world run.

“The majority of them are going to be backyard birds that have been either abandoned or dumped,” he said. “Usually, no one wants roosters, and the hens we get are usually spent hens. People don’t know what to do with their old hens. I’ve picked them up at apartment complexes, parks, or I get calls from the Humane Society or animal control.”–OPB

Well, there is an old fashioned remedy that has been passed down for generations which can deal with c5. And I’m going to share it with you, here… for free!! That’s right! You won’t need to purchase a membership, buy a poorly written book, or attend a seminar in Las Vegas.

The Remedy to c5 is… (drum roll please): It’s called chicken dinner. I know some of you may not have realized that chicken dinner is made from chickens. You probably thought chickens grew on trees or were manufactured by a new Monsanto wonder plant. But in reality, chicken dinner is made from chicken.

First, you kill the chicken (yeah, this is old school). Second, you pluck the chicken. Third, you gut the chicken. Fourth, you prep the chicken for cooking (my wife normally does this, and it is an overnight process). Fifth, prep the chicken via your favorite recipe and then toss it in the oven/skillet/crock pot. Sixth, you EAT the chicken. For some of you, this old fashioned method of what to do with chickens after they have stopped laying eggs may seem a bit barbaric. Well grow up. At the very least you could sell them on craigslist to someone else that will eat them.

Think before you get chickens. If you want backyard chickens but don’t have the stomach to eat them, then you shouldn’t get backyard chickens. What’s the problem with eating chickens? I mean seriously… chicken tastes like… chicken.

Honestly, backyard chickens filling up animal shelters is absurd… wake up America.

7 thoughts on “Country Catches Critical Chicken Crisis — Can Old Fashioned Remedy come to the Rescue?

  1. OK, I’m convinced that I’d be too squeamish to do this so no chickens for me. The apartment management company is probably OK with that decision. Honestly, if I had to kill my own dinner, I’d go vegetarian. Instead, I’m a mildly hypocritical omnivore.

    Naive question: is it hard to go from yard to dinner? How much time does it take?

    1. Hey, Ishism’s wife here – it is emotionally difficult but physically easy to go from yard to dinner. Nobody who is emotionally healthy likes the moment of taking an animal’s life, that’s just a fact. But the rest of the process is fine, and it’s normally to have a feeling of success and accomplishment when the whole thing is finished. The first chicken I do after a long break takes about 45 minutes from yard to fridge, successive chickens take about 20 minutes. Plucking takes the longest. If I’m willing to not eat the wings, I can skin instead of plucking, that takes less time but I’ve never successfully skinned wings yet. Then the chicken needs to sit in the fridge 1-4 days before cooking, for tender chicken. Hope that answers your questions!

      1. It does. Thanks! It’s work I don’t think I could do. I could eat later or even cook, but before that, it’s grocery stores for me. Now I know that backyards eggs have an unexpected price I can’t pay.

  2. Found you via David/Orange 🙂 I had no idea that chickens stopped laying eggs eventually–thanks for explaining the process and the end result so eloquently!

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