Why it’s very tricky to kill a chicken these days

NZ Lifestyle Block - - NOTEBOOK -

Jono used to raise and process meat chick­ens, but then the abat­toir he was us­ing told him it could no longer kill his birds. “The big guys send 3000 a week and the prob­lem is af­ter they’ve killed a batch (the abat­toir) have to wash the plant down. So if I take my 250 in, they have to still wash the plant down – I can see why (they made that de­ci­sion) but it meant my chicken op­er­a­tion just stopped, which was a shame.”

The birds that now re­main at Soggy Bot­tom are all her­itage breeds. There is a flock of Barred Ply­mouth Rocks, and groups of Khaki Camp­bell ducks and Grey­lag geese pot­ter­ing around the soggy spots.

“The geese are re­ally just to eat the grass round the ponds. We have eaten them but they’re not very good un­less you fat­ten them up, and we have col­lected their eggs be­fore but mostly they do their own thing, they’re just around, I quite like that.

“We use the duck eggs in our Christ­mas pud­dings. They start lay­ing like mad in spring so we use those but they’re not a se­ri­ous thing, eggs for the house re­ally.”

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