Butchering using a knife to the brain

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Mosey2003

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Having tried it a couple times, I'd never recommend it. The birds do not want their mouths open, then trying to get a knife in and get it done correctly without stabbing yourself is just too fussy for my taste. I still prefer the broomstick method having tried basically everything.
 

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Having tried it a couple times, I'd never recommend it. The birds do not want their mouths open, then trying to get a knife in and get it done correctly without stabbing yourself is just too fussy for my taste. I still prefer the broomstick method having tried basically everything.
It isn't for everyone and it must be done properly. If you don't hit the right part of the brain, it won't provide the desired effect.
 

archeryrob

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The pithing waterfowlers do is done from behind. You grab the head and bill and bend the neck with the bill 180° pointed to the chest and insert the pith where the spine meets the head into the brain and they are dead.

That said, I windmill mine and snap the neck. Chickens squirm a lot more dead than other fowl. The times I have loped heads they normally threw blood all over me unless in a cone. I have not tried the pithing to see if it quits this, but I doubt it as separating the head from the neck doesn't.
 

R2elk

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The pithing waterfowlers do is done from behind. You grab the head and bill and bend the neck with the bill 180° pointed to the chest and insert the pith where the spine meets the head into the brain and they are dead.

That said, I windmill mine and snap the neck. Chickens squirm a lot more dead than other fowl. The times I have loped heads they normally threw blood all over me unless in a cone. I have not tried the pithing to see if it quits this, but I doubt it as separating the head from the neck doesn't.
If done properly it eliminates the flopping caused by chopping a head off. I accidentally discovered that chopping through the brain at the right position will also eliminate the flopping around.

Pithing is not designed to cause instant death but rather to get the body to relax which makes the feathers much easier to remove. There is still the requirement to sever an artery to induce bleed out. Active bleeding will cease as soon as the heart stops bleeding. Pithing does not cause the heart to stop beating.
 
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