How do you rest your birds?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by serenityNH, Feb 24, 2014.

  1. serenityNH

    serenityNH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2011
    Raymond, NH
    Hey All.
    I am planning to raise a larger batch of meat birds this year and am looking for inspiration on where/how to rest them. I usually raise 30 and use my ducks pool and a couple of coolers but I am going to need more room this year. So what do you use to rest your chickens after processing? What are your methods for keeping cool etc?
  2. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    I have three large coolers with ice and the fridge to do the resting of 30 birds in. As long as you can keep the meat cold, you will be fine with whatever you can find. Good luck. :thumbsup
  3. SIMZ

    SIMZ Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 29, 2011
    Northwest Indiana
    I used to have an extra refrigerator in my garage that I used just for resting when we butchered a large batch. That worked beautifully. Now I just use coolers with ice and put the rest in my refrigerator. We put the birds in ziplocs and make sure the "zip" part is out of the ice water when using the cooler, so they don't fill with water overnight.
  4. RoostersCrow HensDeliver!

    RoostersCrow HensDeliver! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2011
    SE Michigan
    I use food grade 5 gallon pails in my garage fridge.

    Edited to add:
    I prefer to piece out most of the carcasses so they fit in the freezer better.
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2014

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