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Can you butcher a chicken like a pheasant

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by marie1, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. marie1

    marie1 In the Brooder

    Nov 19, 2008
    Hello all,
    Recently we were given a brace of pheasant and I found a great link on line explaining how to butcher them.


    My question is this...has anyone tried to butcher a chicken in this way? I followed the instructions and was struck by how easy it was to skin the pheasant. Are chickens easy to skin and is there much anatomical difference between the chicken and the pheasnat that would mean you could not gut a chicken in the same way as the pheasant on this video clip.

    Many thanks

  2. mikarod

    mikarod Songster

    Sep 28, 2008
    Wow...he's made it much more difficult than it really is???

    Simply cut the head off and "slip" the bird out of the skin? You will need to cut off the legs by the hock...but that's about it?

    Chicken skin is very loosely attached to the bird...so it takes about 3 minutes from start to finish.
  3. jaku

    jaku Songster

    Umm... did anyone else catch the part where he said he's had the dead, NON-gutted pheasant hanging in warm weather for 4 days prior to skinning it? [​IMG]
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Quote:that's traditional for gamebirds. I've seen some only-partly-flippant references to "hang it til it is ready to fall off the hook" [​IMG] I believe it is supposed to tenderize and improve the flavor. Possibly "improve" is a matter of personal taste [​IMG] but I've never had game that's been hung so I can't really say.

  5. pdpatch

    pdpatch Songster

    Apr 5, 2008
    Hastings, Nebraska
    No I have never heard of this. I was taught and always told to Field dress all game. If you leave the "guts", the normal bacteria present in the "guts" cause the meat to go bad and you most likely will get sick.

    As far as Hanging the meat, Yes once it's gutted it's a common practice, to hang the meat for several days.
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2008
  6. jaku

    jaku Songster

    Quote:Yeah, that was my thought too- I've never hung anything without gutting it first. Sounds quite unhealthy.
  7. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Crowing

    Oct 16, 2008
    I read about hanging birds in a cook book from England.. I suppose if your teeth are so bad, this is a good way to make the meat tender..?? I think if my teeth get so bad, I will use the food blender..LOL


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