GRAPHIC PICS of my day learning to caponize

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Kassaundra, Jun 10, 2012.

  1. Poco Pollo

    Poco Pollo Vista de Nada Farm

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    I got a Table Mate adjustable table for Christmas. The surface can be disinfected quickly and easily, and I can adjust the height of the table and the angle as well. It's lightweight and portable, and I can use it sitting down or standing up. Using Kassaundra's ribbon with loops between two fabric-covered hair ties, I can secure any sized bird to the table. I'll take some pictures tomorrow.
     
  2. LindaB220

    LindaB220 Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, definitely an exciting week!!!! Can't wait..... [​IMG]
     
  3. brahmabreeder

    brahmabreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What does everyone on here use as a rib spreader? The piece of junk that comes in the kit from the hatcheries is worthless. Kept popping off on me.
     
  4. BCMaraniac

    BCMaraniac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    @brahmabreeder

    Many of us have and are investing to a Chinese caponizing kit. @Poco Pollo has ordered them for many of us. It has a retractor made specifically for caponizing young cockerels as young as 3 weeks, which is when they perform the procedure. The cost of the kit with shipping/handling is around $35, if memory serves me correctly. I believe she is getting an order together for the January 15. You can PM her to find out if you are interested.

    If you go back a few pages on this thread, you will find photos of the kit along with discussions about it. Hope this helps.
     
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  5. LindaB220

    LindaB220 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I got my package. I got my package. Love you, Coral. [​IMG]
     
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  6. brahmabreeder

    brahmabreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks!
     
  7. Jucknath

    Jucknath Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the kit ordered also. Presently I am using a weitlaner 4" retractor 2x3 blunt fingers. Do an ebay search (I cannot paste the link). I agree the one in the kit I have is terrible.
     
  8. BCMaraniac

    BCMaraniac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have used a weitlaner retractor as well. My only complaint with mine is the profile of the "blades" if you will is less than I would have liked so getting them between the ribs causes discomfort to the bird that I would like to avoid, especially in the smaller birds.

    The flat profile of the Chinese set will allow for caponizing younger birds. I had a rather lengthy discussion with one of the Chinese caponizers, and they actually make their incision just below the bottom rib rather than between the lower two to avoid a cracked rib in the 3 week old birds. Of course they are able to get both testicles from one side as well.
     
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  9. Ruthster55

    Ruthster55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    On one of the Spanish sites, I saw a music stand used. The specific sort seems to be a rather new model of tripod music stand (I never saw this kind until recently) that has a lot of holes that allow attachment of the bird in whatever location desired. I think the other reason they were using a music stand is that it is adjustable to get light on the subject.

    http://www.amazon.com/Pyle-Pro-PMS1...8&qid=1388704223&sr=8-16&keywords=music+stand

    Referring to some posts above, I freaked out the first time I saw it done.

    One question - how many hours to withhold feed and how many hours to withhold feed have you folks found to be optimal?
     
  10. LindaB220

    LindaB220 Overrun With Chickens

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    Nice looking stand. And the price is great. Best investment I ever made was buying this sites Prime. $69 yr and shipping on most is free. I've made my money back several times. [​IMG]
     

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