When you’ve raised something by hand, a creature that’s depended on you it’s whole life, for food, water, shelter and protection from predators; getting ready to send it to meet its maker is no light matter.
For two weeks, Oren readies himself and the Bresse for slaughter day. This entails choosing who we keep for breeding, and who goes under the knife, arranging a mobile slaughter truck and regulating the diet of those who will “go.”
For five months (compared to the quick turn around of five weeks on large poultry farms), the Bresse have free-ranged on our fifteen acre farm, eating bugs, grass and clover in addition to their grain. In the last five weeks, we add raw, local milk to their diet and they grow in to beautiful, healthy birds. It is sad to see them go–but wonderful to taste!