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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

How to Thaw a Chicken

Step 1: Raise free range chickens who like to sleep pell mell across the farm.

Step 2: Assume that the chickens will take cover during a storm.

Step 3: Wait for a ginormous snow storm.

Step 4: Look outside and see a chicken wandering around in the snow storm.

Step 5: Go outside and find chickens hunkered down in snow drifts with chunks of ice frozen on them.

Step 6: Gather said chickens.

Step 7: Place said chickens in rubbermaid tubs and bring into the house to thaw.

After chickens have thawed, bring a pen into the shed. Leave them in the pen for 2 weeks until they realize that it is their new home. (Otherwise they will likely return to their pell mell roosting around the farm.)

Note to self - gather all pell mell chickens in the fall and pen up in the shed for 2 weeks prior to snow.

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Linds said...

Oh my. That made me laugh today. :)

Nancy M. said...

I can't believe they didn't go to their coop! Poor frozen things!

The Beginning Farmer's Wife said...

These chickens liked to sleep under the stary sky - on fence posts, cattle panels, etc. Nice in the summer . . .

The Farmers said...

I am glad to see we are not the only ones who waited to figure out what we are going to do when the snow falls. My sister in law said it is December -- that is late wouldn't you have already planned for it, I said on the farm it goes in panic order, do it first as you need to... never ahead of the game. Thanks for the laugh!

Shana said...

This reminds me of the chickens my grandpa had when we were kids. There was an ice storm and the crazy things literally froze to the tree. not really bright. but it tastes so

Donna OShaughnessy said...

IN the wet spring our chickens are forever walking around with big clumps of dirt on their legs, so we will catch them and soak them off. I think its just shoe envy . And I'll bet "defrost chicken" was not even on your to-do list was it ?

Cathy said...

Hmmm. Our chickens refuse to go out of their coop when it snows. I hope you have better fortune the rest of the year.


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