James Stark wrote:
I'm going to play devils advocate on this, not to be a jerk, but just to see if anyone else has heard the same as me with regard to the practice shown in the video. Here's the theory (makes pretty good sense to me too):
When you catch a chicken, it's reaction is to try and escape. (naturally) By tucking the birds head under it's wing, you create darkness, and a chickens instinct when it's in the dark is to freeze to make it even harder for a predator to see it with the predators already compromised eyesight. We all know chickens aren't too bright, so it's reasonable to think that you can fool a chicken into thinking it's dark, simply by making it dark for the chicken. The swaying doesn't really do anything other than create the illusion of "hypnotizing the chicken" and passing the time for us while we wait for the chickens instincts to kick in. So really, the bird is not any more calm, and just as frightened, but it's acting in a way that it thinks will protect it. The ruse (IF it's a ruse. I'm not convinced either way) is further illustrated by watching the video carefully. Notice that as he takes the chickens head from beneath it's wing he is very careful to keep the birds head covered. As soon as he exposes it to the light, the bird gets up.
Sorry to be a downer, but I'm programmed to question everything. Heck, I found natural growing by questioning typical farming practices. That's how I found you guys!
South Carolina wrote:
I would like to find a guillotine contraption that I can use sort of one handed. anyone know of such a thing?
...harvesting a chicken in front of other chickens... Does it affect the "survivors"?
paul wheaton wrote:
"I usually like wearing pink when I do my butchering.
Paul, you mentioned in Podcast 025 that you wanted to set up this thread, so I thought I'd go ahead,
because I was reminded of a video from Austria that shows a different approach to the one you describe.