BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Raising BackYard Chickens › Meat Birds ETC › How do you gut a chicken if you butcher it yourself?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

How do you gut a chicken if you butcher it yourself?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Just asking for a friend. He wants to try some of his silkies lol Anyways, what is the way that works for you? I have never done this before, he neither, so we're both kinda curious smile

[i]n [D]eepest [C]onfidence-

..::M.a.G.i.C. P.i.G.e.O.n::.. =]
Reply
[i]n [D]eepest [C]onfidence-

..::M.a.G.i.C. P.i.G.e.O.n::.. =]
Reply
post #2 of 12

If you look at the top of this section, you'll see a post for Notable Archives, with a couple of very good threads about butchering a chicken, with some very good pictures.

post #3 of 12

Yup, look for the one started by "frugal". Very nice smile

There isn't much to chicken guts either.About two handfuls of guts, and then just scraping the lungs out. If they bleed out right, there is very little blood in there either.

How to process chickens at home! A step by step pictorial on processing chickens at home without lots of tools.

~No one ever said you had to be perfect to be happy. ~

Reply

How to process chickens at home! A step by step pictorial on processing chickens at home without lots of tools.

~No one ever said you had to be perfect to be happy. ~

Reply
post #4 of 12

Start with a very sharp filet knife. 

About 1/2" from the tip of the keel bone SLICE through the skin only (not stab and puncture) to just above the vent.  Then slice off to either side of the vent, forming an upsidedown "Y" with the cuts ending just  below the vent.  I go for about 1/2" away from the vent.  Connect the tips of the "Y" with another slice through the skin.  This take 4 slices and about 5 seconds with practice and a sharp knife.

With the tip of the knife, slice through the mebrane below the skin to reveal the guts.  Follow the same "Y" pattern.  You may just need to start the hole and just tear the membrane with your finger.  Pinch the vent with your thumb and forefinger, pull out a bit, then reach in and scoop out the guts with your other hand.  Just reach in and get it done.  If you do this right, no poo will come out.  If any does, just rinse very well.  Poo is a part of process, especially if you didn't make your birds fast 12 hours.

You can remove the lungs by scraping them out with a finger, or by using a tomato shark (google it). 

If you take longer than 2 minutes to do all of this you are either being way too timid, or way too squeamish.  Just do it.  After a few I can get this done in about 15 seconds each bird.

Take off the head, then cut the feet off, sort through the guts for the liver, heart and gizzard.

Rinse well, let rest, then cook and eat.

post #5 of 12

For a silkie - I recommend small hands big_smile

Fowl adventures happening daily       

"Poultry- they may be your pets, they may be your hobby, they may be your livestock. But remember, if you fall down in the pen, unconscious? They WILL eat you." ~ Sally/Ranchie - we miss you.
Reply
Fowl adventures happening daily       

"Poultry- they may be your pets, they may be your hobby, they may be your livestock. But remember, if you fall down in the pen, unconscious? They WILL eat you." ~ Sally/Ranchie - we miss you.
Reply
post #6 of 12

You can see a complete step-by-step chicken butchering photo tutorial (with commentary) at this link: www.HowToButcherAChicken.com

Best wishes,

Herrick Kimball

post #7 of 12

OK, I guess I should put on my glasses.....I thought it said, " How do you quit your chicken, if you butcher it, yourself?"

post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Whizbanger 

You can see a complete step-by-step chicken butchering photo tutorial (with commentary) at this link: www.HowToButcherAChicken.com

Best wishes,

Herrick Kimball


Thanks big_smile

[i]n [D]eepest [C]onfidence-

..::M.a.G.i.C. P.i.G.e.O.n::.. =]
Reply
[i]n [D]eepest [C]onfidence-

..::M.a.G.i.C. P.i.G.e.O.n::.. =]
Reply
post #9 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Royd 

OK, I guess I should put on my glasses.....I thought it said, " How do you quit your chicken, if you butcher it, yourself?"


Don't feel bad, I thought it said, " How do you GET your chicken, if you butcher it, yourself?" I think I need to clean my monitor.

Black Cochins, Barred Rocks, Easter Eggers, Yokohamas and a few various mutts. 17 dogs(trying to narrow that down quite a bit) Anybody want a dog?
Reply
Black Cochins, Barred Rocks, Easter Eggers, Yokohamas and a few various mutts. 17 dogs(trying to narrow that down quite a bit) Anybody want a dog?
Reply
post #10 of 12

years ago when me & my girls did our first butchering..we didnt let it set or cool long enough before cooking..meat was tough....rule of thumb i now use is after all processing is done bird cools in refrig at least overnight..helps alot.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Meat Birds ETC
BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Raising BackYard Chickens › Meat Birds ETC › How do you gut a chicken if you butcher it yourself?