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1st Timer w/ slaughtering Chickens any advice?

post #1 of 17
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Hi! I would like to take out some of my roosters and am not sure where to begin. Can u eat any breed of chicken?

I talked to my step dad and he said he would "chop their heads off" so i don't have to see that.. After that I am fine.. What do i do from there??

Any help would be appreciated... If i get this done right I might just get some chickens for slaughter:)

~ Patti ~

From A Small Farm in Bucks County, Pa

 

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~ Patti ~

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post #2 of 17

I am so glad you posted this question. I am planning on culling chickens later, Not my new babies those are for laying. I was thinking though that I would hatch out chicks and then the roosters I would cull when they were big enough. We mostly eat chicken anyway and I can't see buying it if we have a supply right here at home that is hormone and yuck free. I was also thinking of doing the same with turkeys. I can't answer your question but I will be checking this post for answers. I would like to hear how people do it and what there first time was like.

Do all you can with what you have, and give thanks for gifts both big and small!!
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post #3 of 17
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I'd like to know for Turkey's too becuase eventually I would like to raise them for food. I LOVE TURKEY!! And we eat a lot of chicken too.. so hopefully we can get some good descriptive responses.

~ Patti ~

From A Small Farm in Bucks County, Pa

 

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~ Patti ~

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post #4 of 17

I know that someone posted pics. one time but I would like step by step instructions LOL I am a little intimidated by the process and being a first timer I am afraid I'll get started and chicken out.tongue

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post #5 of 17
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Me too!! Me too!!

~ Patti ~

From A Small Farm in Bucks County, Pa

 

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post #6 of 17

This is what we do

- take off the head and bleed them out
- boil a huge pot of water and dunk the bird in neck first. Don't keep it in there too long, just a minute or the meat will begin to cook.
- pluck the feathers.
- take out the intrals.
- wash well, check for pin feathers.
- soak in cold water.
- wash inside and out again making sure you got the lungs out.
- bag them for the freezer.

Here is my post when i did a batch last month -

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=18818

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post #7 of 17

Check the thread "Is my rooster good to eat?" a few thread's down right now. It has links to some good 'how to butcher' sites.

Any chicken/roo can be eaten. Their age affects their tenderness... so older ones should be aged/marinated before cooking.

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post #8 of 17

This is my favorite How To page, great pictures, very helpful:

http://butcherachicken.blogspot.com/

post #9 of 17

,,,and THAT is my favorite blogger of all time!!

When you find youself in danger; when you're threatened by a stranger,
When it looks like you will take a lickin', (bok bok bok).....
Just Call for Super Chicken! (bo-ok, ack!)
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When you find youself in danger; when you're threatened by a stranger,
When it looks like you will take a lickin', (bok bok bok).....
Just Call for Super Chicken! (bo-ok, ack!)
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post #10 of 17

Wow! Look at all those contraps he made for the job. How cool is that?

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