Our Little Farm

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We got a taste of country living on a little 5 acre farm and decided we needed more.  We now live on a lovely little 50 acre plot, complete with bush and a river and a lake in the front pasture (during spring run off anyway).  We grow a lot of our own veggies, which we preserve for the winter months.  We raise little Nigerian dwarf goats, various meat goats, sheep, Berkshire pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks and rabbits on pasture when it’s not winter.  We also make natural soaps, balms and other concoctions.

We don’t like how “things are going” in the world these days.  We want the space to be able to provide for our family without interference.  We would love to one day be able to call ourselves farmers.  Right now we’re learning and loving the land.

Below is a photo montage documenting our first foray into the fine art of chicken rearing.  (AKA: Our first time killing and butchering a chicken).

If you eat poultry and find the process documented below appalling, we would encourage you to find out what the inside of an intensive chicken barn looks like (for meat or eggs) or a large processing plant.  We have no problem eating meat.  We are not vegetarian.  We do have a problem with eating products from animals who have lead frankly miserable lives, suffered a horrific demise and were processed in conditions that are so poor that they require a bleach bath to be called edible.  If you could not bring yourself to kill it, you shouldn’t be eating it.  Take some responsibility for your actions, or bow out.

Need some convincing?  Check out FactoryFarm or watch The Meatrix Videos.

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20 comments

  1. Monica · February 13, 2009

    LOL – This is one of the greatest bits I have seen in a LONG time! I love it! It was very interesting and so honestly put! Thanks for sharing what really happens, not the sugar coated version!

    ~M~

  2. Lindsay · February 13, 2009

    Thank you. I’ve actually been wondering about whether or not I could butcher my own livestock for meat if I decided to go that route in the future. Your documentation puts a different image in my mind than whatever horrible mess was there before. I appreciate seeing someone actually display reality; it goes a lot further than just reading about it.

  3. Twwly · February 13, 2009

    It does get pretty messy and STINKY. Way grosser than this one little bird, which we took our time with since it was just one bird. When you’re doing dozens, and scalding and plucking… it’s a significantly less pretty picture, haha.

    It’s definitely slightly more horrible than this one bird. And 3840% messier, but not horrible or messy enough for us not to be planning on doing it again this year!! :D

  4. Lindsay · February 13, 2009

    I have to admit… I hadn’t even CONSIDERED the smell-factor. Hah.

  5. Sydney · February 13, 2009

    Makes me want to pack it all in and move to a farm.

    Quick question, are egg chickens and meat chickens different? Or are they the same breed of chicken on a different diet?

  6. Twwly · February 13, 2009

    Egg layers are breeds who excel at laying, and do it lots. Meat birds are bred to grow quickly. There are also dual purpose breeds.

    Hens dont usually lay until 20 weeks, but meat birds can be ready to eat by 8-10 weeks. Old laying hens arent really good for much else other than a crock pot.

    They are fed different things, as they are doing different things. The layers are producing eggs and have different requirements; the meat birds just need to grow grow grow…. Protein and mineral variations, etc.

  7. Ned · February 13, 2009

    My favorite part might just be the John Deere plate!

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  9. CorIsMaLy · February 13, 2009

    I am curious…did you all have any clue what you were doing when you decided to purchase a farm? I mean..how to raise animals for food and all the work that goes into it, or did you have to do a ton of research and kinda learn as you went? I think it is awesome regardless… I wish I had the bravery to do something like that. I think it is a wonderful way to live and raise a family. Very healthy:)

  10. younie · February 13, 2009

    hello i was watching your picturs and you are murders and it is descusting to see that

  11. tim fisher · February 13, 2009

    your page is excellent, congratulations on what you are doing! my wife jennifer and i purchased 16 chantecler chicks this past spring, and have since butchered two roosters and a hen with an unrepairable prolapse. we have a very simialr series of pictures ;)

    cheers!

    tim fisher
    guelph ON

  12. Twwly · February 13, 2009

    Cor – We read a lot of books. A LOT. We had never done it personally, but did as much research as we could.

    Younie- You’re funny.

    Tim – Cheers, yourself Tim! Best of luck and enjoy yourselves!

  13. Katie · February 13, 2009

    I really enjoyed this post. It’s so well-written and I could not agree more with your views. I posted about my first (successful) deer hunting experience in November and received some backlash from vegetarians.. which is ironic since I spent 8 years as a vegetarian (and a year as a vegan). I used to hunt birds when I lived in Colorado, and have wanted egg and meat chickens for years now (and maybe pheasants, too!). I definitely don’t have room right now, but it’s a life goal.
    Anyway, stumbled upon your blog recently and I really enjoy it. Cheers from another (slightly-less) tattooed girl who likes to kill and grow her own food, and hopes to raise a family on a farm someday. You’re a great example to follow.
    -Katie

  14. Steve Lucas · February 13, 2009

    Lol I love this thats exactly how we do it. We also hunt moose and my son and his mother like to get a grouse from time to time.
    I agree completely about dairy especially we can not get milk from a neighbor or the dairy farm because it may be unsafe when unpasteurized? Are they mad that is just so big companies like lucern get a cut I think. I’m glad they don’t try to interfere with farm fresh eggs :)

  15. Corinne · February 13, 2009

    I was amazed at seeing the process. I would have probably cried during the killing. But meat is needed for its protein which we need to live so it’s truly the circle of life. I had a question tho I didn’t see you mention but what do you guys do with the Guts from the animals? Do you use everything or do you throw those out? My fiance and I just recently moved to the country and we live on a nice amount of land, not like what you have but we were thinking raising chickens down the road for eggs and to possibly eat.

    -Corinne

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  17. gel · February 13

    Twwly, I adore your truthful light on what it means to be a person who enjoys animal products. I worked in a basic grocery meat market for 5 years and with all the knowledge I learned from the different products changed my purchasing in to more local products. I found learning about butchering and the slaughter of animals something that changed me spiritually. I love these creatures because they give us food and nourishment, and to know the process they go through makes them truly one with the earth and God, and to have that greatness is overwhelming. Being comfortable with their death is something all humans who eat all animal product need to come to terms with. Thank you for you insight to your life I cherish it very much.

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  20. Jayme · February 13

    I just wanted to post cause I love the real life pictures….. We have raised animals on our farm for years. I had given up having chickens and rabbits on our old farm due to predators, skunks, coyotes, weasels, and even a badger. We just moved to a new farm closer to town less predators!! Bought some chicks this spring and just started getting eggs about a month ago….. Oh the farm fresh eggs, store bought ones are just horrible for my digestion. We have butchered our own chickens, rabbits, pigs, cows, and wild game. Funniest thing I ever saw was one day I was watching a u-tube tutorial on butchering pigs, someone had posted a comment “why don’t you just buy your food from the store like everyone else”… Like some magic fairy just makes the food appear!!!! The thing is when you raise an animal on your farm you make a commitment to give it the best care possible and that it will have a clean genital death. Our last pig we butchered her name was Momma she ran loose on our farm and was like a big dog she would come running when I called her, one time she even got up in the car and fell asleep(one of the kids had left the door open). When the time came for her to give us her meat she had a clean death and not one single piece of her was wasted. What was not fit for human use was ate by our dogs.