First time Processing chickens *warning graphic pictures*

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by domromer, Jun 14, 2008.

  1. domromer

    domromer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A neighbor was processing his chickens today and I offered to help. I figured if I'm going to eat it then I better be able to do the dirty work as well.
    Sorry if the pics are a bit graphic but I wanted to document every part of the process.

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  2. RioLindoAz

    RioLindoAz Sleeping

    Jul 8, 2007
    Yuma, Arizona
    Thats pretty ineresting to know! I've never seen the process of processing a chicken. Your neighbor also has all the professional tools too. Does he do this all the time? [​IMG]
     
  3. domromer

    domromer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He usually does it twice per year, one in the spring and one in the fall.
     
  4. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

    Mar 5, 2008
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    Wow! Quite the setup! Is that strange bucket looking thing with pegs a feather remover? Very cool!
     
  5. domromer

    domromer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, it's a feather remover. It spins around like a washing machine and the fingers pull off the feathers.
     
  6. halo

    halo Got The Blues

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    Thanks for posting all of those pictures. Thats pretty interesting.
     
  7. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    Textbook how to do it. I'm proud of you!
     
  8. Jolyn

    Jolyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2008
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    Probably dumb question......

    Are the birds dead or unconscience when they are put upside down in the cones?
     
  9. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    No. You put them in the cones which immobilizes them. Then you slice through the juggler, which while their heart is still beating drains the body of blood. They "go to sleep" within a few seconds from blood loss and are dead in under a minute. The cone prevents them from flapping around and bruising the meat.
     
  10. Jolyn

    Jolyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2008
    Northern California
    Quote:Thank you for not making fun of me. [​IMG]

    Thanks for letting me know.
     

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