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Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by danschicks, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. danschicks

    danschicks In the Brooder

    Dec 14, 2008
    I'm starting my first order of meat birds next week. I have read when butchering them to remove the glands from the roos tails or simply cut the tails off. I don't recall store bought birds having the tails cut off or cut open. Am I missing something? Can someone go into some detail on the issue with glands? Thanks

  2. jaku

    jaku Songster

    Quote:If I recall correctly, I think the store birds get the tails completely cut off, and it's just not noticeable. Either way is pretty easy to do.
  3. Brunty_Farms

    Brunty_Farms Songster

    Apr 29, 2007
    It depends on where you get the chickens from, some stores I've been to have them off... and others have them on.

    But ya either way the gland either needs to be cut out, or completely removed with the tail.
  4. ghulst

    ghulst Songster

    Aug 31, 2008
    Zeeland Michigan
    They have the gland cut out. It is very easy to do. The tail is one of the good parts.
  5. dancingbear

    dancingbear Songster

    Aug 2, 2008
    South Central KY
    I don't recall seeing store bought birds with no tails, I'd notice because I like the tails. The glands are in a raised area at the base of the tail, where it connects to the body. (Upper side, not vent side) If you slice horizontally under that bump, you get most of the two oil glands, and can easily pinch or scrape out the rest, they're easy to see.

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