First Time Processing! Easier than I thought!

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by AlienChick, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2010
    Glasgow, KY
    I hatched a bunch of barnyard mixes and ended up with way too many roosters.
    Their hormones are raging and they are wreaking havoc on my poor hens.
    We decided today was the day.
    I had purchased a killing cone and we nailed it to a fence post.
    This is our very first time, so it's taking us about 45 minutes per bird.
    While one bird is bleeding out, we're scalding and plucking the next bird.
    Thank you to everyone on this forum who posted tips on processing chickens!

  2. hydroswiftrob

    hydroswiftrob Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2011
    N. Texas
    My Coop
    [​IMG] Now enjoy chicken dinner.
  3. xC0000005

    xC0000005 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 1, 2009
    Kirkland, WA
    Good news: Chicken for dinner tonight!
    Better news: It gets easier from here on out.

  4. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2010
    Glasgow, KY
    These roosters have huge cajones!
    We're giving all the organ meat to the dogs since we don't eat it, but do y'all also give the testes to the dogs??
    Should I boil 'em?
    I guess in some parts they're called Mountain Oysters?
  5. goldnchocolate

    goldnchocolate Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 9, 2008
    You're right---they do have huge cajones! Feed them to your dog raw, they'll love them!! Every time I look at this picture I think of the
    Sesame Street song...."One of these things is not like the other....." haha.

  6. the_great_snag

    the_great_snag Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2007
    Staples, Minnesota

    Getting a proper scald is most of the battle for sure. It makes plucking much easier even if you have to do it by hand. I would say a good plucker, even a small drill mounted one, is a very worthwhile investment though unless you have a LOT of time to stand around picking pin feathers from a warm carcass...

    Now make sure you properly chill and rest them before freezing or eating and you should have many excellent meals!

    Then go place your order for broilers. [​IMG]
  7. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2010
    Glasgow, KY
    Yep! We're thinking about getting some broilers!
    We really wanted to practice with our barnyard mixes to see if this was even something we could do.
    Piece of cake!
    The plucking is not as much work as I had thought.
    The feathers come out real easy in huge clumbs.
    We were wearing rubber gloves; maybe that made it easier to pull.
    I guess it took us 10-15 min to get all the feathers out.
    Of course, a good plucker would take, what, 10-15 seconds?

    We set up a "table" outside and did the processing there.
    I was originally concerned about the huge mess/pile of feathers on the grass.
    But I was able to rake them up pretty easily.

    The videos and step-by-step tutorials that you guys post were a TREMENDOUS help! [​IMG]
  8. paridisefarm2009

    paridisefarm2009 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 12, 2009
    Hudson Florida
    build one of these[​IMG]this is the one I built a few weeks ago

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