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 🙂