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1st Timer w/ slaughtering Chickens any advice?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Iamaqte, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. Iamaqte

    Iamaqte Chillin' With My Peeps

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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:)
     
  2. hsm5grls

    hsm5grls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  3. Iamaqte

    Iamaqte Chillin' With My Peeps

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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.
     
  4. hsm5grls

    hsm5grls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.[​IMG]
     
  5. Iamaqte

    Iamaqte Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Me too!! Me too!!
     
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    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 -

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=18818
     
  7. NewGuineaChooks

    NewGuineaChooks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  8. snugglepup

    snugglepup Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. suburbanhomesteader

    suburbanhomesteader Chillin' With My Peeps

    ,,,and THAT is my favorite blogger of all time!!
     
  10. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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

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