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Hi all,

 

I have only one turkey.. which I need to process soon. I don't want a really big setup since there is only one. I'd prefer not to buy a pulley, build a setup, etc..

 

I am a woman and the turkey is pretty big. I can still pick it up but I will not be able to hold her by the legs!

 

Is there any easy way to do this?   I think the easiest is to attach a cable to a ladder maybe, and pull it up.. but I tried that with a duck and the rope kept slipping out of its feet, I could not hang it by any way. Then I started using the killing cone, but I'd need to build a heck of a big cone for that turkey..

 

I know to watch out for the wings already. And I know what to do after its dead, it's really only the killing part I am unsure of. If I had 20 I would build a great setup, but it's winter here and I have only one to do, so for those reasons I don't really want to put 10 hours on building a setup!


Edited by Sabz - 12/11/15 at 12:47pm

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Flock consist of 6 layers (leghorns and brown layers) + some meat birds that come and go.

All guarded by TarzanBoy, the big rooster with a missing toe!

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Hi all,

 

I have only one turkey.. which I need to process soon. I don't want a really big setup since there is only one. I'd prefer not to buy a pulley, build a setup, etc..

 

I am a woman and the turkey is pretty big. I can still pick it up but I will not be able to hold her by the legs!

 

Is there any easy way to do this?   I think the easiest is to attach a cable to a ladder maybe, and pull it up.. but I tried that with a duck and the rope kept slipping out of its feet, I could not hang it by any way. Then I started using the killing cone, but I'd need to build a heck of a big cone for that turkey..

 

I know to watch out for the wings already. And I know what to do after its dead, it's really only the killing part I am unsure of. If I had 20 I would build a great setup, but it's winter here and I have only one to do, so for those reasons I don't really want to put 10 hours on building a setup!

 

Check out this thread.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1047622/processing-big-birds

 

Also look through the Meat Birds ETC forum.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/f/21/meat-birds-etc

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Welsummers, mixed breed chickens, Blue Slate turkeys, Sweetgrass turkeys and guineas.

In wonderful Wyoming.

Bob

 

My photo album

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