Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by abhaya, Nov 30, 2010.

  1. abhaya

    abhaya Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 5, 2010
    cookeville, tn
    I am not real sure I want to butcher on my property. Will it attract predators? what do you do with all the blood and guts? If I can get someone to kill and gut them off the property how long do I have before they need to be plucked?
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    Will it attract predators?

    I don't have that problem. I leave mine locked in the coop and run when I butcher so they cannot see what I am doing. It also keeps them out of my way while I butcher. When I let them out, some always find where I was butchering and they clean up any bits that hit the ground that I missed. I do have predators that come around, whether I have recently butchered or not. I handle that by keeping them locked in the coop at night.

    what do you do with all the blood and guts?

    I let the blood soak into the ground. I keep a water hose handy and am constantly rinsing off my work area, hands and the chicken parts. I really don't notice an accumulation of the blood. For the feathers and other parts I don't use, I dig a hole and bury it. I have not had a problem with anything digging it up, but you can put something over where you buried it if that is a problem. If you live in the country and have the room, you can carry it off into the woods or such and let the scavengers clean it up. My trash service specifically forbids butchered animal parts. Some people compost the remains. Depends on your set-up.

    If I can get someone to kill and gut them off the property how long do I have before they need to be plucked?

    I pluck mine before I gut them. It seems a more natural way for me to do it. I'm not sure I would want to scald a bird that has been gutted. It would probably be OK but I'm not sure how the meat inside would be affected by that hot water. I also do not throw everything away that I get out of the bird's insides. I eat the liver and use the gizzard and heart in the broth. If I butcher a pullet or hen, the dogs get any undeveloped eggs. The dogs like butchering day.

    We all have different situations and set-ups. I have plenty of room and my neighbors would not be upset that I am butchering if they were close enough to see what I am up to. If I lived on a small lot in a suburban area, it would be totally different. I'd think if you get someone to kill and clean them, you could also get them to pluck them as part of that process. That would probably work better for you.
  3. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX
    I don't think it is a big problem. Like Ridgerunner said, I do it out of sight from the other birds. My uncle killed a turkey in front of his flock of 8 two years ago and the rest took off that day never to be seen again! I also get a big trash can and put all the feathers, guts, feet, heads ect and haul it off. Also, a good Pyreneese dog will keep all of your predators away. Mine is only 9 months and stays by my pens all night. I haven't lost a single bird since he was 6 months old. My little boy who just turned 3 this month, took a child lock off the door and headed outside by himself two weeks ago. The dog was barking like crazy so I went to see what he was wrong and he was with my son. It was as if he knew that he was not supposed to be outside alone and he was telling us.

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