Blood and Feathers

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Alwayswantchics, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. Alwayswantchics

    Alwayswantchics Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Next week I will be self processing my first birds. What do I do with all the feathers and how so I dispose of the blood?
     
  2. Azriel

    Azriel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I till the feathers and blood into the garden.
     
  3. Alwayswantchics

    Alwayswantchics Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Once processed how should I preserve them? Do I need to do anything special?
     
  4. Salt and Light

    Salt and Light Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It all depends on where you live. I leave the blood and feathers where they drop. Chickens and dogs eat the blood and I the feathers eventually disappear. There really isn't that much blood, even with 25 chickens. If you don't want to leave the feathers just rake 'em up in a bag.
     
  5. Salt and Light

    Salt and Light Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I let them rest for a couple days then vacuum seal 'em. In the past, I put them in the fridge for resting but my last batch I put in a LARGE cooler in garage covered with ice. It worked OK but even though I drained the water several times a day, chickens on the bottom got water logged. I'm doing another batch in a couple weeks and this time I'm freezing water in very large zip lock bags and placing those in the cooler. This way, there will be no melt water and I can just keep recycling the thawed bags with frozen bags.
     
  6. Wax Myrtle

    Wax Myrtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dilute the blood as it drains with water and then pour it in my composter. Feathers usually go to the dump. :/
     
  7. delisha

    delisha Overrun With Chickens

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    You can wash all the down and small feathers and save them to make pillows or to sell at flee markets.
     

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