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How do I make sure to get the Jugular only?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Rivers, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. Rivers

    Rivers Out Of The Brooder

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    I need to dispatch my first bird. Id like to do it by cutting the jugular and letting it bleed out. Ideally with a "killing cone" (which I am yet to make).

    I was just wondering if there is anyway I can make sure not to cut the windpipe?
     
  2. goldnchocolate

    goldnchocolate Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a difficult time finding the right spot, the first few times [​IMG] , but I looked at some pictures (just 'google' some images) to help me locate it. The jugular vein is on the left side of the neck and a good place to aim is just 'below' (or if it's hanging upside down--the right spot will be just 'above' the jaw bone.

    Cut deep enough to hit the vein but not so deep that you hit the windpipe. There are some good pics, on this forum, showing the proper place plus there is a different vein on the other side of the neck that bleeds out faster but the jugular is in a better location for me.
     
  3. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've found it's all in the angle that you cut. If you have the right on, you can't get the windpipe. If I had to estimate the angle, I would guess it to be about 15 degrees from straight up and down. Even if you do get the windpipe, I don't think it makes any difference. The bird will continue to breathe, just taking in air at a different place.
     
  4. goldnchocolate

    goldnchocolate Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is a link to a wonderful tutorial that was written (with pics) by a member of this forum. The 3rd picture down will show you where to cut:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-process-a-chicken-at-home

    I have read that if you cut the windpipe then the chicken will sometimes spend their last breathes breathing in the blood that is coming out the vein. That is why I try to avoid cutting the windpipe....even if it is only a matter of minutes...my goal is to make the last few minutes of their life as trauma-less as is possible, considering what is happening.
     
  5. booker81

    booker81 Redneck Tech Girl

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    Heh - thanks for posting my tutorial!

    I like to hang the birds as shown as I don't have a cone. As seen, it makes it easier on me to do the cut - right where I have the scalpel in the pic, just using firm pressure down and slicing "back". The cut avoids the windpipe, it's very quick, and I rarely nick the windpipe. I sometimes with quickly cut the other side of the neck in the same way for an even faster bleedout, but it's not necessary, and it takes a little more skill that just comes with practice.
     
  6. goldnchocolate

    goldnchocolate Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your welcome....it's the best tutorial that I've found and I've been spreading the word!
     
  7. Rivers

    Rivers Out Of The Brooder

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    Excellent tutorial.

    The end product looks delicious. I wonder how much meat there will be on my roosters. They certainly feel a lot bonier that store birds (cornish crosses etc). Genetically my cocks are mainly light sussex, but istead of black feathers they have brown as their father was a red bird. (not sure what)
     
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    booker81 Redneck Tech Girl

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  9. Rivers

    Rivers Out Of The Brooder

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    Heres a picture of the two potential table birds:

    [​IMG]
    Left them too long really, about 9 months old each. They have probably eaten $30 of feed each
     
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  10. Rivers

    Rivers Out Of The Brooder

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    Does anyone have some cooking recommendations? If they are tough, then I guess slow cooking on some kind of stew/curry is best. But I dont want to waste the skin, so I would rather roast. But can you roast a tough cockerel which probably doesnt have much meat on it?
     

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