Best Slaughtering Techniques?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Taylor97, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. Taylor97

    Taylor97 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a couple dozen chickens to cull and was wondering what those with more experience than I would consider the most effective way to bleed them out so that the meat freezes well.

    Thanks!
     
  2. hotrodflash

    hotrodflash Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like to hang them by their feet and slice the neck, letting them hang for a couple of minutes. Then finish the processing and soaking in ice water to cool the bird after they are plucked and gutted. Then I like to let them rest in the fridge for 2-3 days for the meat to "settle". Then freeze in zip bags or vacuum bags.
     
  3. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

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    IMO, the best and easiest way is to use a killing cone of some sort (when I only did a few at a time, a traffic cone with the tip trimmed back worked fine), and cutting the throat works best. The cone keeps the flapping and blood contained better and being upside down helps the blood drain well.
     
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  4. Stang65fst

    Stang65fst Out Of The Brooder

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    I am old fashion, hatchet and Oak stump.
     
  5. thriftyfarmer

    thriftyfarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    Kill Cone and Sharp Knife for Sure!

    Here is a video of me bleeding out a chicken with instruction:

    Bleeding Out A Chicken (Featherman came to Polyface will I was an apprentice and filmed this video)

    Here is another video I did a couple weeks ago wearing a GoPro:

    Thrifty Farmer: Butchering Chickens At Polyface

    Here are a couple links for killing cones:

    Featherman Killing Cones
    Amazon Killing Cones

    Here is a Link to the Knife we currently use for Killing:

    Dexter-Russell 6 Inch Hollow Ground Deboning Knife

    Hope this Helps!!
     
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  6. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

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    old school here to, axe and chopping block
     
  7. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    I send mine down the road to the Amish farm [​IMG]
     
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    Stang65fst Out Of The Brooder

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    Where are you at in Ohio?
     
  9. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm in West Salem Ohio. which is North Central Ohio. I love those trades, even if we don't trade they usually only charge 1.50 per a bird
     
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    Stang65fst Out Of The Brooder

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    I know where you are, I grew up in Mansfield, Ohio. When you said Amish and Ohio I figured you had to be close to where I grew up.
     

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