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How I butchered my first chicken

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Skip, Jan 17, 2009.

  1. Skip

    Skip Songster

    I just have to tell you!

    My ol' roo, Skip (hence my username) was an Ancona. He was calm and gentle. Until I had to keep him confined for the winter.

    Then he lost his mind.

    I introduced three new birds and he attacked them. Viciously. They still have the scars. Anyway, I had to wait until they all got up to roost before trying to catch Skip, because he was so darn fast. They were all on the roost, and I made a grab for Skip's legs. Caught him! He made quite a fuss, flapping his wings furiously, crowing his head off.

    I tried to move him into a new enclosure, but he escaped, and started tormenting our other roosters. I couldn't catch Skip again, so I put out a bowl of water and waited. And waited.

    Skip lounged around all day, running in circles, until he finally went to the water bowl. I was ready with a shotgun. A clean head shot, I'm very proud of myself. I caught him, slit his throat, bled him out, and brought him in to scald.

    After he was scalded and plucked (it was amazing how skinny he was without the feathers. I expect it was because he was an Ancona.) I carefully took out the crop and windpipe, cut off the head and feet and the oil gland. I made the eviscerating cut, and started pulling out the innards. I was amazed I wasn't disgusted. It seemed perfectly natural to me. I broke a lung by accident, but everything else went fine, save one thing:

    The airway still worked after I was dead, so if I pushed down hard on little Skip's chest, he would squeak! I thought that was hilarious.

    Had him for dinner later that night. The smell of rooster was still all over him, and after spending two hours in cold, 40 degree, wet-handed hell, I wasn't very keen on sticking some of that strong-smelling meat in my mouth. But I did it, and it was DELICIOUS!

    Best chicken I ever ate, and it wasn't even the best it could be. I think slaving away for the two hours in cold, pouring rain made it taste even better.

  2. tackyrama

    tackyrama Songster

    Aug 14, 2008
    Central Minnesota USA
    Great Story!
  3. Apopka Cluckers

    Apopka Cluckers In the Brooder

    Dec 29, 2008
    Good job!

    I hope I get the nerve and guts to actually do that to my problem roo.
  4. Laskaland

    Laskaland ThE gRoOvY cHiCkEn

    Aug 2, 2008
    Quote:This IS hilarious, in a sick demented sort of way, a humor I certainly can appreciate!! [​IMG]

    You will have to find a new handle now, since your name sake was, well... um... eaten (she whispers with a chuckle)
  5. Skip

    Skip Songster

    To Apopka Cluckers:

    Go for it! Your taste buds will thank you!

    To Laskaland:

    Oh my gosh, I didn't even NOTICE I wrote 'After I was dead'. That's hilarious! [​IMG]

    To tackyrama:


    PS: I did two more birds today, Stewie and Curby. It's gotten so much easier, but I left Stewie's lungs in by accident. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2009

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