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post #11 of 15
I want to preface this reply with my lack of experience. I only processed my first roo a couple if weeks ago. That being said, i stressed over the decision, and finally decided that if i could raise them well, part of my responsibility was also to ensure they are dispatched humanely. The only way i could be sure was to do it myself. I couldnt expect anyone else to care enough to make sure that the final moments were up to my standards.
Perhaps everytime will not go as well as my first, but he never struggled. Not once. My emotions would have been easier to bear if he had, i felt like a traitor, but for him, he was happy and oblivious until it was over.
We all put so much love and energy into our flocks, its hard to process them when the time comes. I must say tho, it was peaceful, empowering, and satisfying to feed my family a meal that i produced. Happy animal, wholesome meal. Next time i hope you try to take care of things at home. I truly think it will be easier for you than driving away.
I wish you the very best of luck! Hang in there!
Family and i keep 3 dark brahmas, 2 new hampshire, 3 australorp, a silver laced wyandotte, a speckled sussex, 2 EE, 2 pekin ducks, 8 turkeys,4 flemish giant rabbits, 4 dogs, great pyr, lab and min pins, 1 cat. And 1 aquarium.
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Family and i keep 3 dark brahmas, 2 new hampshire, 3 australorp, a silver laced wyandotte, a speckled sussex, 2 EE, 2 pekin ducks, 8 turkeys,4 flemish giant rabbits, 4 dogs, great pyr, lab and min pins, 1 cat. And 1 aquarium.
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post #12 of 15
When mine were done they brought them from the trailer, hung them inside down on a rack and cut the throat with a knife that delivered an electric current. There was no flapping or anything, here one second gone the next. I've been butchering animals all my life(except domestic poultry), I've never seen anything as quick and uneventful.
post #13 of 15
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Hello everyone who replied...I cannot thank you enough for sharing your experiences and thoughts with me on this difficult topic.  I hesitated even asking about the processing plants as I know how easily a heated debate can develop and I'm glad that didn't happen.  I am much more informed now.  I will refer back to this post often when we get our next batch of birds.  If anyone has anything else to share...please post.  Thanks again.  : )  

post #14 of 15
I have ducks and live in the northern burbs of nj. Does anyone know of someone who might humanely process my birds that are no longer laying?
post #15 of 15
Your best bet is to try your state c thread. If a processing plant in your area exists, they will know about it.
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