Well Rebecca, I'm glad you asked. We live in a residential zoned area and as such are allowed a limited number of chickens. That being said, we have been very picky on the breeds we get and only get a couple every other year so they don't all stop laying at once in their older age. Because there are only a couple new babies at a time, the country kids name them and become attached. Oh, I'm not going to lie, I do to. So no, we do not eat our own.... laying hens..... but.....
We really wanted to raise a dozen or so meat birds. Since we are not zoned for that many and since the oldest country kid has Asperger's and emotionally can't deal with "knowing" his food, we or should I say my hubby had to get creative. Now don't get me wrong, the oldest country kid totally gets that our meat birds would have a better life then a store bought bird and the meat would be better for us, but emotionally he can not step back, so up till this spring, we have not gotten meat birds.
Recently I saw a charge form a farm store on my online banking and thought "well gee, I haven't been down that way recently." Then it dawned on me..... my hubby had and his friend lives right near by. After a quick phone call to confirm, he did indeed purchase and stash meat birds at his friend's house. Where there is a will, there is a way. Neither I, nor the country kids have laid eyes on them, so I guess we are good, as long as no one lets the meaty little secret slip. Once they are processed and in the freezer the kids will be non the wiser.
So how do we deal with telling the kids? We don't!!! We are total cowards! I told my hubby I could not deal with the emotional fall out of the oldest country kid if we did bend the rules for a couple months and raise them here. I couldn't do it to him. Lucky for me, my hubby is a creative and sneaky man. Wait... those aren't good qualities!!! Hmmmm But this isn't about our marriage, it is about chicken dinners.
So the answer is yes, we eat our own. The answer to what we tell the kids.... we adopted the military "don't ask, don't tell" saying *wink*
|No laying hens were consumed in the making of the chicken on that plate. |
Though if your interested, I do have a wonderful chicken pot pie recipe!
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