A Happy Meal That Didn't Come From McDonalds

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A Happy Meal That Didn't Come From McDonalds

You will find, as your children get older, that each one has a special dream. Jacob's is to hunt. He has finished his hunting safety course, and has his own gun now, and he's studying very hard, but the real question was...could he really do it..or would he be afraid to take the life of an animal to put food on the table? He doesn't want to get 'the big buck' with lots of points, but he really does want to hunt.

So how does a mom help make a dream like this come true? Well, she says YES when he asks her to 'please buy one meat chick". And she helps him scald, pluck, clean and fry it when it's time to do so. I wasn't sure we would have the courage to dispatch a live chicken we had raised, but unfortunately, meat chickies (rock Cornish hens) are bred to grow fast and will die of a heart attack if you don't process them by a certain age. Last week, after much searching on the internet for how to do this humanely and correctly, Tim, Jacob, and I took the plunge and dispatched "Mrs. Happy". She was not happy at the time as the weather was getting hot and she was miserable due to her huge size. I have to say God prepared me for this, because my daddy was an urban homesteader.I had already helped dispatch and pluck many , many a chicken. I don't like it.--but I can do it.

When everything was ready, we entered the 'pioneer' era of Little House on the Prairie...and processed our first meat chicken. Tim and I were very proud of how Jacob handled the situation with fortitude and no squeamishness. It wasn't easy, but he took a little step into manhood in bearing up and doing what needed to be done. Mrs. Happy is in heaven now (if chickens go to heaven), but we all enjoyed the gift she gave us. (All eExcept Andrew who is our 'nurturer' and to whom every animal is a pet.--He had mashed potatoes and gravy for dinner.) 

Next time we will buy five white chickens and nobody is going to name them!! Tim feels confident that Jacob will be able to help him take care of processing other animals once he begins to hunt. He will only be allowed to hunt for the purpose of bringing in food...but we know he will be able to handle the work required. We will certainly have to 'cull' some of our flock later on as we can't feed 35 chickens who aren't laying eggs, and I know I will be able to count on our little man to take care of it for me. What a guy! (I should think raising girls would be so much simpler! Sigh...)

PS. Yes, the chicken tasted delicious!


shannon m. said...

Wow, yet another task I wish I could say I have done (I think). You are amazing Donna (and your children!), building buildings & plucking chickens. I want to hang out with you although I'm not sure I could keep up...teach me, teach me!!!

Amy said...

Wow is right! I'm in line after Shannon...teach me too Donna! You guys have a blessed life! (And don't think I'm fooled into thinking it's all ease...I know you all work hard - but the fruit...it's glorious!)

Way to go Jacob...you 'da man!!!

Donna said...

Hi Ladies,

I promise the next time we 'dispatch' a chicken...I'll call you. I actually have some neat pictures..not too scary... of the process (no cutting pix) but didn't want to scare our less adventurous readers. I'm glad to know someone appreciates our 'do it yourself' adventures-Ha!

I'm so sorry I haven't gotten to see anyones pictures lately...graduation week has been incredibly busy. I plan to take a tour tonight.


Greg's Wife said...

This is so cool, Donna! Way to support your kids in their dreams. I'm really proud of Jacob for taking his future role as a provider seriously. It will take a fun and interesting wife to complement him! And how awesome to be raising and dressing your own meat. We will have to visit your house for lessons (after we move to TX, build our dream farm, and buy some animals)

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