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It is common, when fall hits and the light starts to wane, for egg production to slow and for chicken-keepers to find themselves asking hard questions about their older birds. In this class, we ...

It is common, when fall hits and the light starts to wane, for egg production to slow and for chicken-keepers to find themselves asking hard questions about their older birds. In this class, we discuss the egg-production cycle and humane options for birds whose production is diminishing. We recognize that this can be a sensitive topic for many chicken-keepers, and we offer this class primarily for keepers who consider their birds both pets and potential sources of food. Please note: Those who consider their chickens ONLY as pets may not find this class appropriate.

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  • 1. January 2012 © Independence Gardens LLC Chicken End of Life Issues Independence Gardens Portland, OR Download the handout that goes along with this slideshow! h p://bit.ly/yL0TxSTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 2. What We’ll Cover Today Intro we are Independence Gardens • We build raised beds, chicken coops, terraces, trellises, & other garden infrastructure • Help with garden design & planning, cleanup, prep, and installation • Teach edible gardening classes • & make Doo Tees! our goal is • To help people get comfortable in garden spaces and with garden routines so they can successfully grow their own foodTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 3. What We’ll Cover Today Intro we are Independence Gardens • We build raised beds, chicken coops, terraces, trellises, & other garden infrastructure • Help with garden design & planning, cleanup, prep, and installation • Teach edible gardening classes • & make Doo Tees! our goal is • To help people get comfortable in garden spaces and with garden routines so they can successfully grow their own foodTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 4. What We’ll Cover Today Sometimes hunter Intro we are Independence Gardens • We build raised beds, chicken coops, terraces, trellises, & other garden infrastructure • Help with garden design & planning, cleanup, prep, and installation • Teach edible gardening classes • & make Doo Tees! our goal is • To help people get comfortable in garden spaces and with garden routines so they can successfully grow their own foodTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 5. What We’ll Cover Today Sometimes hunter Intro we are Independence Gardens • We build raised beds, chicken coops, terraces, trellises, & other garden infrastructure • Help with garden design & planning, cleanup, prep, and installation • Teach edible gardening classes • & make Doo Tees! our goal is • To help people get comfortable in garden spaces and with garden routines so they can successfully grow their own foodTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 6. What Vegan has-been Cover Today We’ll Sometimes hunter Intro we are Independence Gardens • We build raised beds, chicken coops, terraces, trellises, & other garden infrastructure • Help with garden design & planning, cleanup, prep, and installation • Teach edible gardening classes • & make Doo Tees! our goal is • To help people get comfortable in garden spaces and with garden routines so they can successfully grow their own foodTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 7. What We’ll Cover Today Preview Topics We’ll Cover Got Questions? • Chicken history/biology Please ask as we go along. (incl. egg production cycle) • Context: knowing your options & priorities, respecting the process • What to expect/things that can force your hand • If you decide to DIY (Dispatch It Yourself)...Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 8. Chicken history • Domesticated ~8000 years ago from Gallus gallus • Humans have selected for desirable characteristics • ey outnumber humans, by far, on the planet h p://www.birding.in/birds/Galliformes/red_junglefowl.htm h p://www. ickr.com/photos/trialsanderrors/3269430931/Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 9. Chicken history • Domesticated ~8000 years ago from Gallus gallus • Humans have selected for desirable characteristics • ey outnumber humans, by far, on the planet h p://www.birding.in/birds/Galliformes/red_junglefowl.htm h p://www. ickr.com/photos/trialsanderrors/3269430931/Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 10. Chicken biology • Average lifespan • Breed characteristics • Fertility changes over time • What’s inside... h p://imachickenlover.blogspot.com/2010/09/biology-of-chicken.htmlTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 11. Egg production cycle • Always multiples in the pipeline • 4 lbs. feed = ~12 eggs • 1 every 26 hrs. is about the most you can expect to get at peak production • Production slows dramatically as light wanes and with age h p://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2164/11/57/ gure/F1?highres=yTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 12. Domestic fowl? Pets? • You can keep your birds as pets, but don’t have to (but if not, try not to name them)Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 13. Industry development • Many industrial birds can no longer function properly From the movie “Food, Inc.”Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 14. Affirmation! • You are doing a good thing to provide a be er life (& death) for your birds From the movie “Food, Inc.”Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 15. Expectations • Long life, happiness, and prosperity • Plan for it! But have a backup plan in place • Make sure the end of life option you choose re ects your ethics/prioritiesTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 16. Realities • Investment vs. ROI • Changing personal circumstances • Illness/injury/accidental death • Available options for vet care, re-homing, & dealing with the inevitable (HANDOUT!)Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 17. Fair Warning • We are about to show you how to “DIY” (Dispatch It Yourself)... • So if you don’t want to see these images, you can take a break now! h p://www.animationplayhouse.com/new/dance3.htmlTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 18. Why Compost? Step One Slaughter: • Gather supplies and materials Sharp scalpel Sharp knife Sharp cleaver 5 gallon bucket Killing cone Large pot full of very hot water Table Rubber glovesTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 19. Why Compost? Step One Slaughter: • Gather supplies and materials Sharp scalpel Sharp knife Sharp cleaver 5 gallon bucket Killing cone Large pot full of very hot water Table Rubber glovesTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 20. Why Compost? Step One Slaughter: • Gather supplies and materials: killing cone h p://www.whudat.com/newsblurbs/more/sarah-palin-pardons-a-thanksgiving-turkey-at-saw-house-1681121081Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 21. Why Compost? Step One Slaughter: • Gather supplies and materials: killing cone h p://www.whudat.com/newsblurbs/more/sarah-palin-pardons-a-thanksgiving-turkey-at-saw-house-1681121081Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 22. Why Compost? Step One Slaughter: • Gather supplies and materials: killing cone h p://www.naturesharmonyfarm.com/grass-fed-meat-farm-blog?currentPage=19Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 23. Why Compost? Step One Slaughter: • Gather supplies and materials: killing cone h p://joy-at-home.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Butcher-a-Chicken-Part-1- Preparing-Your-Work-Space-Scalding-and-Plucking-ChickensTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 24. Why Compost? Step One Slaughter: • Gather supplies and materials: killing cone h p://fourshrops.wordpress.com/category/chickens/Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 25. Why Compost? Step One Slaughter: • Gather supplies and materials: killing coneTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 26. Slaughter: Step Two • Catch bird & hold it upside down to keep it calmTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 27. Slaughter: Step ree • Kill quickly & cleanlyTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 28. Slaughter: Step ree • Kill quickly & cleanlyTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 29. Slaughter: Step ree • Kill quickly & cleanlyTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 30. Slaughter: Step Four • Hold bird & let blood drain into bucketTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 31. Slaughter: Step Five • Scald in hot water (~140 deg F) till feathers loosen h p://thedeliberateagrarian.blogspot.com/2009/02/how-to-properly-scald-chicken-my-never.htmlTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 32. Slaughter: Step Six • Pluck feathers by hand (unless you are processing multiple birds on a regular basis, in which case...) h p://eshop.bellsouth.com.au/Rotary-Plucker-760mm-chiecken-and-duckTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 33. Slaughter: Step Six • Pluck feathers by hand (unless you are processing multiple birds on a regular basis, in which case...) h p://eshop.bellsouth.com.au/Rotary-Plucker-760mm-chiecken-and-duckTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 34. Slaughter: Step Seven • Remove hair h p://news.so pedia.com/news/How- h p://www.indigoroot.com/2011/06/do-you- ameless- Blowtorches-Work-82447.shtml reasons-why-you-should/Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 35. Slaughter: Step Eight • Eviscerate: many strategies; goal is to remove viscera! Start EndTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 36. Slaughter: Step Nine • Remove feet & head (Mike the Chicken is not normal) • Dispose of le overs responsibly, like in curbside compost (a er Halloween) h p://www.thisistrue.com/mike.htmlTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 37. Slaughter: Step Ten • Rinse and cool carcass to refrigerate/freeze OR cook immediately OR wait 24 hrs. (till a er rigor resolves) h p://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/coq-au-vin-recipe/index.htmlTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 38. Final notes • is can be a fairly messy process • Keep hygiene in mind (handwashing, etc.) • Be prepared to smell wet boiled chicken on your body for a few days (again, fair warning!!)Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 39. Take-home message • What would be the consequences of pu ing glass walls on slaughterhouses, and/or slaughterhouses in our backyards? • Familiarize yourself with your own personal ethics and priorities, as well as the pragmatic aspects of end of life...and you’ll be in a be er position to take care of business when it needs to happen! • Sustainability = awareness • It’s the ciiiiiircle of life...Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 40. Questions?Tuesday, January 31, 2012