Cutting the throat method...?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by sydney13, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. sydney13

    sydney13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2010
    I have 4 cornish rock broilers who I plan to butcher next week and some freedom rangers in a few more weeks. The rir roosters I've killed before I did by snapping the neck but with these cornishX birds I would like to try cutting the throat by using a kill cone. I'm pretty nervous about this especially after reading stories of people trying to bleed their birds this way but instead get the wrong cut and the bird just hangs there in pain not dying.
    I understand cutting the throat is one of the most humane ways but is it a pretty error free way of doing it or does it require more experience?
    I've been reading instructions on how to kill them and most just say to do a cut under the jaw but in the videos I've seen, the people tend to do two cuts to the neck. Can anyone tell me what the second cut is for as opposed to just one slice?
    I'm a bit nervous I might cut into the windpipe... about how deep should I cut to severe the jugular vein but not get the wind pipe?
    Any advise is greatly appreciated :)
    Thanks a bunch for any replies :D
  2. CowgirlJules

    CowgirlJules Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2010
    Atwater, CA
    I just do one cut.

    I grasp the head by the back of the neck, and pull the skin somewhat tight. Then I use a scalpel, and make a cut right under (relative to the bird, which is upside down in the cone) the jaw bone. I don't cut straight across the throat, but more to the side of the neck, at about the same angle as the beak. I don't guess I go more than about a quarter of an inch deep. I rarely get the trachea, but if I do, I don't worry about it too much. It's obvious when you get the jugular, it will make a continuous stream of blood, not drips.

    Those knives are so sharp that it's pretty hard to feel cuts, as I know from personal experience. So if I have to use too much pressure or it makes a ragged cut, it's time to sharpen or change the blade. I get about ten birds out of a blade if I'm careful not to hit bone or my cutting board.

    It still takes a minute before they're dead, and they do keep moving afterwards. I don't pull them from the cone until that final, vigorous spasm.
  3. OldGuy43

    OldGuy43 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would suggest that you go to YouTube and search on "kosher chicken slaughter". I know there are several videos on the subject. Since the whole concept behind the kosher raising and slaughtering of animals is to do so humanely this should be helpful.
  4. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Be careful not to get into the kosher butchering (or the Arabic butchering) on UTube on other animals (beef, camels), because it is gruesome but necessary.
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2012
  5. WildBillHicks

    WildBillHicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 25, 2011
    Durham, North Carolina
    saw this today
  6. jamband

    jamband Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2011

    cutting the throat is easy, humane, and quick.......have a very sharp knife......pull the feathers down, tight skin and one quick cut will cut the jugular.

    You can do it and you will be glad you did.
  7. aa3655

    aa3655 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2011
    We actually do kosher slaughtering, which involves cutting both the trachea and the esophagus... in doing this you'll usually cut at least one or more of the vessels in the neck, which kills the bird faster. To avoid missing these structures it's a good idea to pull the neck skin taut but not tight. If you do this, you should be able to see the trachea silhouetted right below the skin, and you should be able to feel the esophagus underneath and slightly to the side of the trachea. The sharper the knife, the more humane the process is. It really isn't very technical, and it's very quick. Good luck.
  8. Smiles-N-Sunshine

    Smiles-N-Sunshine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 19, 2008
    Palominas, Arizona
    X2, but I prefer to push in with a double-edged sticking knife vs. cutting across. Push in, twist, remove, watch for continuous stream, repeat if necessary.
  9. booker81

    booker81 Redneck Tech Girl

    Apr 18, 2010
    From my blog:


    This is where I cut and how I hold. I don't have a cone, so they hang by a "noose" around their legs.I "scruff" the neck, not hard, but snug - they can still breath, but hanging upside down they just zone out. I just make a quick slice with the scalpel right where it's positioned, and that's that. I've found I prefer to hold the wings to the body as they pass away, because the muscle spasms from death can and will cause them to flap hard and possibly damage their wings. I think it's nicer for them too to be held and contained as they pass.
  10. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    Nov 22, 2007
    My Coop
    l One of the best blogs for processing chickens EVER! Check it out!!

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