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Cheapest way to cull a laying flock for dog food

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by NTBugtraq, Oct 31, 2015.

  1. NTBugtraq

    NTBugtraq ex-Surgeon General

    I am attempting to breed my own birds, and now that I have a fairly decent sized flock of layers of my 1st generation, I want to cull the original layers. They are 3 year olds, as well as 1.25 year olds (23 altogether).

    My poultry processor will pluck and quarter them for me for C$4.70 each, which isn't cheap. Plus they are quite a distance away, so added cost in gas and time.

    I spoke to someone who has hunting dogs who fed them on chicken, and he suggested I just knock the bird out and put it in the freezer (whole), then cut it up as necessary when I take it out of the freezer. So his way costs nothing.

    What do you do to prepare a chicken for a dog's raw diet?
     
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

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    Storing 23 whole birds is going to take a lot of freezer space is my first thought. Not sure how you're set on that.

    I don't know if they need to be bled out, etc for the dogs to eat. When we butcher for us, we give the dogs the heads and feet, and liver/heart if we're not going to eat them. We've never given them the intestines, not sure if you'd feed those or not?

    I'm just thinking to save on freezer space to cut them into pieces before freezing. If you don't want to pluck, you can always skin the birds. It's fairly quick and easy.
     
  3. JanetMarie

    JanetMarie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You need to get a killing cone available at many poultry supply companies. We purchased ours from Randall Burkey. The killing cone is the major cost. Which is less than $50.00, and a one time purchase.

    Mount the cone to a wooden pole, or tree. Butcher in the morning before daylight, before the birds have awaken to start their day. Take each one separately off the roost and carry to the cone. Place upside down in cone, with a very sharp knife slit the jugular vein, or to be sure just cut the head off.

    That is the best way to kill.

    Then how you process for dog meat is up to you.
     
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  4. BBQJOE

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A modified highway cone works as well. Except I have no idea where you'd find one.[​IMG]
     
  5. NTBugtraq

    NTBugtraq ex-Surgeon General

    @JanetMarie , why are you killing them and bleeding them out? What does that achieve that's needed?
     
  6. NTBugtraq

    NTBugtraq ex-Surgeon General

    Lolz, on a highway, of course...and I live on one...;-]
     
  7. BBQJOE

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've got your answer.


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  8. NTBugtraq

    NTBugtraq ex-Surgeon General

    Lolz, got one of those, but I can't figure out how to clean it after I'm done.
     
  9. BBQJOE

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just run a few big branches through.
     
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  10. donrae

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    Wasn't that on an episode of Bones? They ran a frozen pig through one [​IMG]
     

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