Biology 101: The Circle of Life

One of the best parts of our virtual home school world is the fact that we are able to show our children the real-world applications of what they are learning.

At the end of January, we bought our first baby chicks.  We bought 18 birds—12 layers and 6 meat birds.  From the moment we brought them home, we made sure the kiddos understood that when they were big enough we would be butchering the 6 meat birds.  We were most concerned about 10 year old “R”, our animal lover.  Amazingly, when it came time to turn bird into dinner, “R” was the most excited and interested. The entire process, start to finish, fascinated her.  It also fascinated “M”.  He has been dissecting different animals through a virtual lab in his biology class and he loved being able to see a dissection close-up.

To begin, “R” gathered the bird in her arms.


Next, “M” hung the bird upside-down and sliced its throat.


After the blood drained out, the bird was held in boiling water for one minute to loosen the feathers.


Once the feathers were loosened, “M” and “R” plucked the feathers.


Daddy removed all the insides from the bird…


…while “R” played with the feet!


It was a very exciting morning for all except “J”.  The 6 year old thought it was cool until it came time to pluck the feathers.  He then informed us that he thought “it was gonna be more fun”.

The best part of the day was dinner…baked chicken.  The kiddos were impressed that the birds were in the coop in the morning and on the table that night!

Have you witnessed the circle of life lately?

God Bless 🙂


I am a Christian, Virtual/Homeschooling mom of 3 who loves helping my children realize those AWESOME "lightbulb" moments!

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5 comments on “Biology 101: The Circle of Life
  1. mummyshymz says:

    So far, all our meat comes from the supermarket. I don’t think my kids can really associate roaming chickens and chicken on the table. :/

    • I think all children are that way in our modern world. My kiddos are having so much fun learning about Gods provision through animals and and our garden. It is especially fun to watch my 6 year old learn. I am loving it! Thank you for stopping by. God bless you and have a great day!

  2. I’m wish this was something we could do, but I’m such a baby when it comes to stuff like this. I’m so impressed with you. Daddy has to be that influence. Taking the boys hunting etc.

    • I really didn’t have a problem with it, but it was Daddy’s idea. We are trying to become more self-sufficient and have the space to raise chickens now. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be, but I am a farm girl at heart. Thanks for stopping by. God bless you and have a great day!

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