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How To Raise & Process Chickens for Meat - Tips & Pictures

This is an index of pages for information on raising and processing meat birds. Some of the links have graphic pics.
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    This is an index of pages for information on raising and processing meat birds. Some of the links have graphic pics.

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  1. gypsychicken
    I learned on my own, and now I teach people how to humanly butcher their own chickens. It so wonderful to share our knowledge with each other and reclaim what belongs to us!
  2. mhimmel1
    Thank all for the ideas. Hatching my own eggs will give me a lot of roosters and extra hens. We brine our turkeys and soaking the chickens in brine will tender them up.
  3. LightningTFarm
    If your bird is older and you think it might be tough, you can either soak it in a brine solution or you can soak it in buttermilk overnight. Either one will result in a much more tender bird.
  4. Yukonchick
    I like the bleach bottle idea. I've got a friend who works for highways and he's going to try to get me a couple of those orange highway cones.
    To process our chickens, we used a bleach bottle with the bottom cut out. Cut the neck of the bottle large enough for the head to come through, nail the container to the tree. With the chicken upside down they seem to be calm and do not have room for movement.
  6. the1honeycomb
    Every where I look when people are talking about butchering a bird noone mentions soaking the bird in a brine water to finish the process I processed 3 birds and was very disap-pointed that the first one that i cooked was tough and stringy!!!! This is a very important step and it truely makes a difference in the taste of the bird, why is it not mentioned!!!
  7. mdfaz26
    i like the idea of a kill cone. you can buy one, but a construction cone could be modified.
  8. sue ragan
    thanks a lot if he goes into a trance it seems more humane,if i get many cockrels i will have to do this i still dont know if i can,but this way seems humane,,,thank you sue
  9. Hydo
    I tend to hang the chicken on a line when it is alive this appears to put him in a trance. Then with a sharp knife I cut his throat. he bleeds out and does not flop around, bruising the meat.
  10. blessedacre
    here is a great video..........the guy is quick and the chicken never even flinches. It is a two part video he shows you how to completely process a bird. I understand that you want to cut the main vein with out completely cutting through the spinal cord so it bleeds out completely. The lack of blood pressure and lack of oxygen puts the bird to rest very quickly but the with nervous system intact then the heart will help it to bleed out completely. Hope this is helpful. It is a sensitive thing and we want to be as respectful to the animal as much as possible. Blessings.

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