"Field Dressing"

sparkles2307

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Oct 23, 2008
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Our neighbors were chatting with Dh last night and told him that, since theres so little meat on our stupid Leghorn roosters, instead of going to all the trouble to pluck them, we should "field dress" them. Apparently, this means that, after decapitation, we are supposed to lay the carcass on its back, put one foot on each wing, snug to the body, and give the feet a good hard pull.... it sounds terrible to me, but they swear by it. Anyone ever use this method? I guess the breasts stay with the wings and skin, and the innards stay in the carcass. THen you just cut out the breasts.... *shudders*
 

schmism

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Feb 16, 2007
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Ive heard that if you are going to break down your chicken into parts. to just skin it leaving the feathers on the skin. Then break down the chicken leaving the guts inside and tossing the entire carcass intact.

some may consider it a waste not to use the necks, livers, and backs (for soup) but its a "field dress" kinda process....
 
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averytds

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If you look up field dressing pheasants on Youtube, there are several videos of people doing it. Don't know if it works exactly the same with chickens, but since you still have to kill the bird first, I don't see how "regular" skinning is all that much different from field dressing in that way. I'd do at least one totally skinned to see just what meat there is and where first. Then part out and toss the rest.
 

Jared77

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Apr 27, 2010
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Lot of duckhunters do this too, its a proven method. Don't know how much meat you'll get (I've never done it) but some folks I know swear by it too.
 

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