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Using Laying Hens for Meat

When your hen’s egg-producing days are done, send her off humanely with one last meal.

By Cynthia Amidon

Step 5: Soak Chicken Meat in Ice Bath
Once the lungs and heart have been removed, the carcasses are immediately submerged in water that is 40 degrees F or colder; the Chesters use old coolers filled with ice and cold water. They stockpile extra ice ahead of time in their chest freezer and make sure they constantly replenish the ice in the coolers to maintain a consistent temperature for the cooling chickens.

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They are great if canned
Sean, Wasilla, AK
Posted: 1/1/2015 10:13:47 PM
Sure! Its a chickens purpose to lay eggs and to be dinner on the table. It would be wastful to just kill them, and not use them.
Amy, charlevoix, MI
Posted: 8/6/2011 6:57:35 AM
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