First processing, I survived!

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Noymira, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. Noymira

    Noymira Songster

    Mar 9, 2011
    Chittenden County, VT
    I did my first processing of 2 birds today. My dad came over to help and we kind of learned as we went! I've been researching for while and watching videos, so I knew generally what to do- he's a hunter but has never done chickens before. It was not as bad as I thought it would be and will definitely do it again! It was a good father/daughter bonding experience as well.

    We will make some changes for the next time; sharper knife, kill cone and plucking rather than skinning I think. It was a real learning experience and something I'm glad I know how to do, though I do need a lot more practice before I feel competent at it.

  2. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    As much as I thought I had a sharp knife, "Sharper knife" was the first thing I decided I was going for after my first processing! Grats on your first experience!!
  3. Cakela

    Cakela Chirping

    Aug 12, 2011
    Southern New Hampshire
    Congrats! I know what you mean with by a sharper knife. DB bought me a new one today just for the meaties. Sounds like you had a great time with your dad, which hopefully made the whole ordeal a little easier.
  4. kingsfarm

    kingsfarm Songster

    Feb 25, 2011
    Hi, am so happy for will even enjoy skinning 100% better after watching this video...go to the top of this Meat birds etc and click on the STICKY at the top...says: Meat section notable archives.....then scroll to the LAST LINE that says: How to skin and Evescerate a chicken......You cannot believe how simple they show it is....enjoy....I learned to process last one in 20 min......good so happy you had your father to do this with, mine has been gone many years now....
  5. Keara

    Keara Songster

    Sep 24, 2009
    congrats! I am glad you made it through. I agree about not skinning it can be soo messy. But honestly if you are just doing a few birds and you get a proper scald... hand plucking is not that hard.

  6. Noymira

    Noymira Songster

    Mar 9, 2011
    Chittenden County, VT
    Quote:Keara, thanks! I had thought it would be easier to skin than to warm up our turkey cooker for scalding just two birds, next time I think I will just scald and pluck. I don't think skinning saved me much time!

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