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post #11 of 30
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Originally Posted by EweSheep 

Those who are afraid of getting their fingers cut off, why not make a chicken body bond with velcro that you can keep the chicken still and not sure if you can do the same near the head as well, figured it would be quicker.

I dont think chickens can stretch their neck out as well as humans can at the time of guillotine. Not sure if the head facing upward (yep seeing the guillotine) would benefit as well as facing down.

I dont know if this velcro strapping down would help????????


We sure are trying to make processing a chicken difficult here now aren't we.

What used to be a pretty simple process of stick, slice, and bleed is now taking on new machinery, velcro, and second mortgages.

Are we still talking about chickens here, or did we move on to elk and bear and I didn't notice?

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post #12 of 30

You know what, call me a wimp and I won't disagree with you smile but while the knife method sounds easy and sensible I have this deep fear of, again, missing and cutting myself. (since it seems to me I'd have to be holding the head, to stretch the neck out and hold it still against the knife). I am not saying this is necessarily a totally reality-based fear but I have gotten awful attached to having 10 fingers and I'm inclined to err on the side of things that help it stay that way.

So for people like me, with reluctance about the knife and less than 100% accuracy with a hatchet, there may *be* some value to more automated-type systems.

Ask me in a couple years and I am sure I will have this all sorted out for myself but you know everyone has a learning curve tongue


Pat

post #13 of 30
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Originally Posted by patandchickens 

So for people like me, with reluctance about the knife and less than 100% accuracy with a hatchet, there may *be* some value to more automated-type systems.


I borrowed some pruning shears from the neighbors a few weeks ago that I thought would work great for this, but haven't tried it on a bird.  They were anvil type pruners with a razor sharp blade that closed on an anvil.  I was cutting 1" mesquite branches, one handed, with ease.  The brand was Fiskars, but this picture is representative of the style.  You could put a bird in a cone, stretch the neck out with one hand and shear with the other...

http://www.gemplers.com/images/items/150819-lrg.jpg

post #14 of 30

Mac, excellent! Quick, easy, relatively painless and efficient. And I'm not being a smarty-pants. Now I know how I'll do mine when the time comes. ( I still think a guillotine sounds cool) wink

post #15 of 30

I just learned recently that we have men who will handle all that -- for a portion.

My hens I just can't ever envision on our dinner plates. We are also raising rabbits specifically for a household meat/pelt supply. And the family does want chicken and cornish hens.

So, I'll call in "the guys" who do that stuff.

And I'll go shopping or something until it's done.

post #16 of 30

lau Girlie-girl! laulaugiggig


Edited by rubyv67 - 11/19/08 at 4:15pm
post #17 of 30

I've thought of a Chicken Guillotine. Glad to know I'm not the only one.

Patandchickens, I close my eyes when I make the cut with my knife.  I hold them upside for a few minutes before hand so they're pretty quiet when I lay them down.  I make sure my knife's sharp and it does a good job. 

BethinIrving, what kind of rabbits do you have?  I'm getting Silver Fox on Monday.

post #18 of 30

Heyy!!! Wednesday on the Addams Family  had one she cut off her dolls heads with.......

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4 barred plymouth rocks   1 light brown leghorn
1 golden phoenix              1 white crested blue polish   
Mama of 2 human kids -1 very spoiled poodle, 1 spoiled weinie dog,1 huge black lab, 1 fat cat  and now (compliments of Hurricane Gustav) a rescued baby squirrel named Bailey
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post #19 of 30

Nope, I'd thought about it, too!  This thread has given me enough reason to not do it, though!

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Originally Posted by sweetshoplady 

I've thought of a Chicken Guillotine. Glad to know I'm not the only one.

Sandra, mom to 4 & wife to 1.  Life handed me lemons, so I'm doing my best to make lemonade.... planning to raise coturnix quail because that's all I have room for!

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Sandra, mom to 4 & wife to 1.  Life handed me lemons, so I'm doing my best to make lemonade.... planning to raise coturnix quail because that's all I have room for!

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post #20 of 30

I found  that my best way to kill a chicken is hang it on the fence and take a sharpe filet knife and pull the rooster head stretching it neck out and  make one motion through it neck and it head falls off.  I have no strengh in my shoulders at all they are tore up so bad I can't have any surgery to repair them but all I have to do is guide the knife through the neck.

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