Butchered our first chicken today!

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by emsevers, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. emsevers

    emsevers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We had one of our cornish x's that couldn't get around anymore so we decided to butcher it. We went the skinning route instead of plucking and I couldn't believe how easy it was. We don't eat the skin anyway so I think this is how we're going to do the rest of our birds too. I'm so excited that we were able to do this. It wasn't nearly as heart wrenching as I thought it would be. I'm very proud of DH and my self.
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Congratulations.

    Good job.
     
  3. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Congrats! I love the skin (bad girl!) but have been tempted to do this, too, because it looks so much easier. Plucking is no fun -- and it stinks, too....
     
  4. Garden Gal

    Garden Gal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From someone who is just getting started (haven't even ordered my chicks yet!) this is good to hear!

    We are going to do both egg layers and one we will butcher, so hearing it wasn't horrible is encouraging! Great job.
     
  5. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    [​IMG] Congratulations on gaining this essential skill! [​IMG]

    It really adds to the enjoyment of the meal to know where your meat came from, the care it was given, the humane way it was processed, the consideration it was given.

    Plucking really isn't such a bad chore if ever you wish to try it, especially if you have a nice big pot to agitate the bird in and nice hot water to open its pores.
    Please invite us to your next fresh chicken dinner. [​IMG]
     
  6. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes, skinning is worlds easier!
     
  7. emsevers

    emsevers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After we finished with that bird we decided to do my extra quail roos that I wanted to get rid of. I am just amazed at how easy it was. I kept putting it off and not wanting to do it. I was going to give the roos away but now I'm really glad that I didn't. I think we might do a couple of my meat birds and leave the skin on just so we can roast them. We just decided that for the first one it would be easier to take the skin off.
     
  8. Bornacentury2L8

    Bornacentury2L8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awesome! When's supper? [​IMG]
     

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