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post #11 of 19
I put my chicken on a light diet for the night and then in the morning I have an upside down traffic cone nailed to a tree outside with the tip cut off for a slightly bigger opening so their head will fit and I let them sit for about 20 mins till they relax and then I let them go peacefully and don't have to worry about aim
post #12 of 19

Production facilities use a killing cone for a reason.  While I only process about 50 birds a year, I still use a cone.  I just use a highway blaze orange cone and cut the tip off so that the head comes out of the cone the appropriate amount.

 

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Edited by Clay34 - 2/16/16 at 5:22am
post #13 of 19

I use the broomstick method to do rabbits, chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese, etc. If it'll do a rabbit, it'll do poultry. Obviously I don't use it on the ruminants, but it's been tempting a few times lol

post #14 of 19
You could try a killing cone, or the broomstick method. Just be prepared in case the chickens' heads pop off. You have to learn to apply just the right amount of pressure.

Regards,
Leaf
post #15 of 19
We use three killing comes with five gallon pails set up underneath. Once the blood congeals, it goes into the dump pile with the plucked feathers, feet, heads, and guts once processing is complete.
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by RockyFieldsFarm View Post

We use three killing comes with five gallon pails set up underneath. Once the blood congeals, it goes into the dump pile with the plucked feathers, feet, heads, and guts once processing is complete.

You can also eat the feet and guts or give them to the dogs. Not so sure about letting them have the blood though. I know some recipes call for chicken blood.

Regards,
Leaf
post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by LeafBlade12345 View Post

You can also eat the feet and guts or give them to the dogs. Not so sure about letting them have the blood though. I know some recipes call for chicken blood.

Regards,
Leaf

Sometimes we will pull the livers and hearts. I'm not too interested in the feet, or blood... Just me personally. Thank you though for the tip!
- Mel
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by RockyFieldsFarm View Post

Sometimes we will pull the livers and hearts. I'm not too interested in the feet, or blood... Just me personally. Thank you though for the tip!
- Mel

That's good. I just like to cut down on the waste, but I personally won't touch animal blood either, and feet probably wouldn't even go to the dogs... I'm a wimp. smile.png

Regards,
Leaf
post #19 of 19

I was talking to a cousin of mine at a reunion a few years back, he was part of a large broiler operation in the mid south. He was telling me that every bit of the birds were used, or sold for others to use in some form or another.  One thing he told me that surprised me was they got more money for the feet than they did for the drum sticks.   I believe he said they were shipped to Asia.

"It just goes to show you, you don't have to be crazy to raise  Cornish,...................... but it helps."      Lewis Strait
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