First butcher over (pics-graphic)

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Wegs813, Jul 2, 2010.

  1. Wegs813

    Wegs813 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yesterday was our first butcher...we had 8 cornish X. I was initially going to take them to a processor, but when I called the processor they only do chickens on Wed and they were booked. Me being inpatient and wanthing to get them done, decided to do it myself (with the help of my husband).
    My husband made me a killing cone after seeing it on here and things went very smoothly. The plucking was no where near the work that I was expecting...I would not say it was easy, but it was by no means hard. All birds were 9 weeks and 3 days old. They are currently in a cooler resting and I can't wait to try one.
    I had soo much fun with these birds that I am planning to do a larger batch of them, either this fall or next spring.
    Here are a few pics...
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    Look at the one on the left....that was one of the roosters and he was HUGE! I don't have weights yet, but will post when I get them.



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  2. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

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    Outstanding looking birds! What temp and time did you use for your scald? It looks great!
     
  3. 1_FnkyFrm

    1_FnkyFrm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Heck start the frying pan Im on my way...[​IMG]
     
  4. Wegs813

    Wegs813 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:We tried to keep the water right around 150 degrees. I just dunked the chicken and swished it around a couple of times. I also did put some dishwashing detergent in the water....read on here that it helps penetrate the feathers!
     
  5. Wegs813

    Wegs813 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Weighed our birds when we packaged them...they ranged from 4.8 to 7.8 lbs. We have cooked two of them...one on the grill and one in an oven bag in the oven....they were both AWESOME!!!!
     
  6. Beth G.

    Beth G. Gaetano Family Farm

    [​IMG] WooHOO looks like good Eats!! I wish I had a space to house a few meat birds, there is nothing better!
     
  7. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Wow, those look perfect! So how long would you say it takes to dress one chicken? I'd love to try that, but my hubby says I won't be able to handle it......
     
  8. TipsyDog

    TipsyDog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They look great! That roo is really huge - you'll have to invite some of us over to help eat that guy! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  9. Wegs813

    Wegs813 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:It took us about 2 hours to do 8 birds. My husband did not think I would make it through either, but I proved him wrong [​IMG]
    I probably would not have been able to do it without him...he did the gutting. Not that I couldn't stomach gutting, but I have never had anyone show me what needs to be done!
     
  10. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    [​IMG] Yay for you for Doing It Yourself!!! It's been quite an empowering feeling for me. Enjoy all your well-earned meals!
     

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