Butchering tonight, plucking tomorrow?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Ibicella, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. Ibicella

    Ibicella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi folks,

    I'm getting a screaming deal on some chickens tonight for the table (4 for $10!!!), but I gotta pick them up in the evening tonight.

    I don't especially want to completely butcher and pluck four chickens till the wee hours, so would it be ok to do the deed, bleed, and take out the innards then stick them in the fridge until I'm ready to scald and pluck?

    Or am I in for a late evening?
     
  2. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    I don't know how that would work. You want to get the internals out quickly or they may spoil the meat. It's best to slaughter, scald, pluck, and gut all together. 4 birds isn't that big a deal with two people.

    If you scald the bird already gutted you will start cooking the inside of the bird. Your scalding water will become a chicken stock. [​IMG]
     
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  3. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

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    Keep them alive and do the whole process thing tomorrow.
     
  4. dichotomymom

    dichotomymom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yep.
     
  5. bockbock2008

    bockbock2008 Why do they call me crazy??

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    Quote:Yep.

    X3
     
  6. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

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    You don't even need to feed them, as fasting is part of processing. Give them some water and you are good to go.
     
  7. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    x4---plucking always comes first before gutting trust me [​IMG] I can do 4 in an hour by myself live to dressed birds-
     
  8. Ibicella

    Ibicella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I'd love to, except I live in an apartment and I'm getting three cockerels and 1 old hen.

    My neighbors love me, truly! [​IMG]
     
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  9. kla37

    kla37 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Then you're probably in for a late night....
     
  10. Urbanfarmerkc

    Urbanfarmerkc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I'd love to, except I live in an apartment and I'm getting three cockerels and 1 old hen.

    My neighbors love me, truly! [​IMG]

    You need to wait. If the rooster crows a couple times it won't make much difference as the evidence will be gone before the city can come see you! My best advice would be to keep the chickens for a week and feed them on a feed you trust to get all the concerning food out of their system. We used to do this with wild game before we'd eat it.

    If you can't keep them that long, I'd definitely wait until the morning and do it all then.

    Dave
     

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