In Reminiac, and I assume in most of rural France, almost every household keeps some sort of livestock, even if it is just a few chickens, rabbits, ducks or even geese.

These animals are not kept as pets but for food so it is inevitable that they will eventually be killed for the pot.

A couple of years ago I struggled with the concept of killing our chickens. I knew it was a skill I had to master.

What would I do if one of our hens got attacked by a fox or a dog? Leave it to die a long painful death?



No, I had to learn how to kill a chicken as quickly and humanely as possible. I have killed a couple of our chickens but it is something I avoid and will only do if ABSOLUTELY necessary. My neighbours, having been brought up with the concept of raising animals destined for the pot, aren

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