Originally Posted by Lelilamom
Looks Great! How much did they dress out at? What breed were they? How did you kill them (sorry to put it so indelicately).
We processed our yesterday. I'm always SO worried about how to do it, and how to keep their wings from flapping and bruising. What did you do?
We used duct tape. We hugged them and kept them calm and a second person hooked their feet with rope and duct taped their wings. We tied the rope to the bucket on our tractor and still hugging them, held them up until the bucket was up in the air and we could lower them until they were upside down. My husband stretched their neck and removed the head with one swipe. Both toms and one female ended up breaking the duct tape but only after about 10 seconds. None of the birds ended up bruised at all. We were very pleased with the results and not putting a bag over their head was great - they remained calm right through the end.
I'm always super concerned about how we process. I want these birds treated humanely and with respect. I think we achieved that.
one was a blue slate, the other was a rusty slate. Both were 6 month old toms. They were on the small side but we didn't feed them super high protein. Basically we fed them what we had which was grower, chick feed. We drive 3 hours to pick up a couple hundred lbs of non-GMO feed at a time so we weren't making a special trip lol. They also mostly free ranged up until about a month before processing. We kept them confined to protect them from hunters and fatten them up a little (they did have a nice fat layer in them). One dressed out at 9 lbs, the other at 7 lbs so, rather small, but plenty for our family
To process, I held their feet, rested their bodies on my knee and held their wings while hubby stretched their heads over the chopping block. That was definitely an experience. I wasn't prepared for how powerful the death throws would be and got pulled all around by their giant, beating wings. I even ended up lasso-ing my own wrist in the rope where we would hang them by the feet (that broke the depression of the moment with hysterical laughter). I think next time, we will tie the feet before chopping or maybe invest in a killing cone lol. We have a year to plan our next venture.
Our current tom is a 6 month old Bourbon red who is already 22 lbs. The first two babies hatched of the year will be kept for next year's thanksgiving and I'm hoping that they will inherit their size from their daddy. If they do, we'll be doing a different method for sure lol.Edited by Auroradream26 - 11/23/15 at 12:18pm