Cleaning before processing

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Michigan2, Oct 14, 2010.

  1. Michigan2

    Michigan2 New Egg

    Aug 2, 2010
    Does anyone do anything to clean up tractor raised broilers before processing? I move the tractor daily and they still have a nice coating of poop on their underside. Would it help to keep them on shavings or something the day before processing? How about turning over some soil so they can dust bathe a little? I don’t plan on bathing them or cleaning them one by one or anything crazy like that. Just seeing if there are any tricks out there that I could try to easily get some of the mess off.
  2. eKo_birdies

    eKo_birdies Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2010
    Northern Colorado
    i doubt they'll dust bathe even if given the chance
  3. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

    Mar 17, 2010
    Western Washington
    No additional cleaning here other than a spray down with a hose after every step, other than scalding. Just bleed, scald, pluck, eviscerate. Once you scald and pluck, they are pretty darned clean. With a proper scald, the very top layer of skin comes off, from what I've seen. (It is kind of yellowish on my CX.) You can clean the exterior of the caracass before you gut if you are concerned about anything else, but by that time they are pretty clean, especially of you are using a tub plucker. Inspect every bird, as you are the quality control.
  4. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2008
    Yorkshire, Ohio
    Quote:I agree completly. A good scald is the key to getting them clean. The orange "skin" will make them appear dirty, and very unappealing.
  5. mike67909

    mike67909 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 22, 2009
    Pinckney, Michigan
    I spray the breast side with the hose before scalding.

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