Butcher Day

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Keno, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. Keno

    Keno In the Brooder

    May 6, 2008
    I butchered two of my first cornish x roosters yesterday . My first since being a small boy. I used the brain sticking method I read about here and like that method better than what I remember as a child lopping off the heads and the flopping around the yard . I feel I did pretty well with a 1/2 hr. per bird processing time [​IMG] They each weighed 7 pounds after plucking and gutting . [​IMG] The breasts looked like a young turkey's !

    This forum was a big help with information about the water temp and use of the rubber gloves for gripping feathers ! Worked very well !!
  2. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Songster

    Oct 11, 2007
    Gervais OR
    Wow! congrats on doing it yourself! 7 pounds is an impressive weight. [​IMG]
  3. jaku

    jaku Songster

    Mine are getting it tomorrow! How old were your seven pounders?
  4. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    Congrats!!!! [​IMG] 1/2 hour is good!!!!!! Did you pluck by hand?
  5. HobbyChickener

    HobbyChickener Songster

    Jun 29, 2007
    central KY
    D Day might be tomorrow here too. It depends a lot on the weather. Not realy sure that I want to pluck birds in the rain! BUT if that will get us some rain I am more than willing to take one for the team!!! They look like little feathered basketballs, I can't wait to get one to the grill.
  6. Keno

    Keno In the Brooder

    May 6, 2008
    The birds were 7 weeks wednesday , I was going to let them go to 8 weeks but saw we were in for some warm weather and didnt want to chance heat stroke. I plucked by hand until I had some quills in the wings that wouldnt budge without needle nose pliers. The rubber gloves helped tremendously [​IMG]

    I have three hens to do the same age but are only 7 pounds live weight and thought I would try and squeak by another week or so and see if they gain any more . If not they are next. Then there are 10 more ready in about 2-3 weeks [​IMG]
  7. Keno

    Keno In the Brooder

    May 6, 2008
    Butchered one of the hens this evening and had a 5.5 pound ready for freezer weight [​IMG] I had a store bought fryer in the freezer and for grins checked the weight , 5.09 pounds and $1.99 a pound !!
  8. FL Peeps

    FL Peeps In the Brooder

    Mar 31, 2008

    First time! Chopped the head then I skinned it (we don't eat the skin anyway). I was surprised how quick and easy it was... We're having a good dinner tonight! [​IMG]
  9. Steve

    Steve Ye Olde Henhouse Builder

    Mine will be getting it soon. I'll be skinning mine too.

    "Feathered basketballs" is a good analogy:lol:
  10. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Nice work!

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