When we kill our pigs they live on the bones and skin (and other bits and pieces as well) for quite some time). They also eat the bits of poultry that we don’t want to eat – see here for them demolishing turkey heads and feet.
But we don’t have enough to feed them solely on produce from our smallholding (yet). So I also feed them chicken carcass from the butcher.
Last Friday we got a new delivery of exciting bits. Someone we know from the next village has set up a (very) small-scale, free range chicken farm. We like small scale, local enterprises. We also like them and as a bonus they have Daisy Dog’s brother Moss. In fact the first time I met them they mentioned they were getting a working sheepdog and that there might be a couple of other puppies still available. I called the number and that was how we got Daisy Dog.
The point is, he has heads, feet, carcass, skin etc that could go to waste, we have dogs who need being fed so we bought a big box of bits and pieces from him at a good rate.
This is what the dogs had for breakfast on Sunday. Minced up raw beetroot with a bit of raw milk that had gone off. Some lamb fat from the pan after frying the koftes I made on Saturday night, free range chicken feet and heads – yum yum yum.
And then they gobble it up really quickly