Chicken Processing Day Meets Hurricane Irene

The last two days have been pretty excit­ing. Yes­ter­day we processed our 75 meat chick­ens, which would have been a daunt­ing enough job with­out the threat of Irene bar­ing down on us.

Fri­day, Mom and I har­vested as many toma­toes from the gar­den as we could in antic­i­pa­tion of the storm and sorted them out to store in the garage. We also rushed to stake down and secure the gar­den. Mean­while, Dave set up every­thing nec­es­sary for pro­cess­ing day. Our last pro­cess­ing day went pretty well (see here for details), but it took about 16 hours and there were clearly improve­ments to be made. Also, this time we were pro­cess­ing 75 birds instead of 36. We wanted to make sure that we were com­pletely pre­pared for so many birds and so we made sure that every­thing was in order before we went to sleep Fri­day night. Very thank­fully, our bravest friend Marka Kiley came out of Boston to help us for the week­end. Sat­ur­day, we all woke up extra early and Dave and I went out in the dark to catch the chick­ens. We got off to a good start, started the pro­cess­ing at about 6:30 AM and were done by 1 PM. Thanks to Marka’s help, as well as sev­eral oth­ers, we were able to qual­ity con­trol and pack­age the birds as we went, so the sec­ond half of the day went quickly and we were com­pletely cleaned up by 5. Mother nature helped us clean by pro­vid­ing some drench­ing after­noon rains. It was a long day, but sat­is­fy­ing. Pro­cess­ing chick­ens is never fun, but we did the best job we could. We made sure that the chick­ens went to their deaths with min­i­mum dis­com­fort and that their meat was treated with the respect it deserves. All of Dave’s work plan­ning and prepar­ing really paid off.

Mean­while, Dave’s mom Tammy had four pots of our toma­toes bub­bling on the stove all day and into the night, work­ing hard to can, freeze and oth­er­wise pre­serve as much of our crop as pos­si­ble. Between her hard work, and my mom’s efforts to secure us some big restau­rant sales, it looks like none of our toma­toes are going to go to waste.

This morn­ing we got 4 inches of rain, but luck­ily, the hur­ri­cane was tamer than we had feared it would be and, other than a few blown down tomato trel­lises and (pos­si­bly) the loss of our corn crop, it looks like the gar­den is going to be okay. The chick­ens are safely in the refrig­er­a­tor and freezer (we didn’t even lose power!) and we can relax — and blog.

Our tomato bounty and Mom’s new vespa
Sort­ing cherry tomatoes
Before (tune in tomor­row for After pics)
Artsy Pic: to remem­ber them by in case they were all blown over
CHICKEN PROCESSING PICTURES (you’ve been warned…)
Kill Cones
Scalder
Plucker
Our bravest friend Marka
Lynda, another brave friend
Hur­ri­cane Irene

2 Responses to “Chicken Processing Day Meets Hurricane Irene”

  1. freezerbeef says:

    >You didn’t even LOSE power,
    not LOOSE. What are you some kind of illit­er­ate hay­seed farmer?

  2. Gallagher Hannan says:

    >I don’t know what you’re talk­ing about.

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