Sorry about that TG - I had to 'end' one of my little peeps - came out to find him running around with no beak, just a big bloody hole in his face with his little tongue inside and big brown eyes on each side. UGH. We've shot two more coons since then so maybe we got the one that did it.
I can't seem to find a chicken processor around here - the person that used to do it doesn't do it anymore but I found a guy in Bryan who rents a chicken plucker - can pluck three chickens at once in 30 seconds - rents $25 a day. Might end up going that route. I can do the processing, but my arthritis in my hands would kill me for a week afterwards just plucking even one or two birds.
But it is time - these roosters are really getting on my nerves at this point - they are old enough to bother my hens now. I also think one of my blue chochin pullets is indeed a male - he is getting a rather large comb and wattle compared to his sibling and is acting like a boy... he sure is pretty and going to be a BIG bird.
I ended up having to throw out my first batch of canned tomatoes - I realized a couple of days later that I started canning them following one recipe but somehow ended the process following the end of a different recipe and didn't process them long enough. You can reprocess within 24 hours if you make a mistake, but not days later. That was about 100 tomatoes down the garbage disposal. BUT I've gotten 14 quarts canned since then so that helps. Going to do carrots tomorrow.
I've never canned chicken, but my grandma did all the time - I know it's safe, but I still feel like a newbie at this canning business and to be honest, I'm too chicken to can chicken! LOL! I've heard it is GOOD tasting stuff tho - especially if you can it with bones.... LOL - maybe I will try it. It may sit on my shelf forever, but I think I will give it a try.