Help wanted: how to butcher squab

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by HaywardGardener, Aug 11, 2012.

  1. I have my first pair of King squab ready to butcher. How does one dispatch a squab? What kind of knife or other tools do you need? Do they lie still, as the chickens do? Is it worth making a small killing cone for easier drainage afterward? (Do they run around like beheaded chicken?) But my chicken hatchet is too big for squab necks!

    I have heard of just pulling their little heads off. I may be a tough old lady that is able to butcher my own animals, but I can't do that. So can you just lay them down and cut off the heads with a sharp knife?

    I understand they are easy to dry pluck at this age. I am guessing that will be easy.

    And how much care needs to be taken with the gutting? I am used to cleaning rabbits and chickens, where you are careful to cut around the anal outlets as you extract the intestines, so as not to contaminate the meat.

    Last edited: Aug 11, 2012
  2. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 19, 2009
    new zealand
    use a garden secateur... make sure you clean around the anal gland and crop lining.
  3. Thank you! That worked well. I bought a "Bypass Pruner" that cuts up to 1" wide (so it opens wide easily).

    I am not sure where the anal glands are, so I cut around the cloaca and down around and through the tail and pulled the whole thing out like a plug, one unit with the intestines.

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