How long do they have to be off food before butchering?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Lothiriel, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    My meat birds are going to the butcher at 9 am tomorrow (we are definitely not up to doing it ourselves!!). Last time we took birds in they had to be off food for a certain amount of time... But I can't remember how long! So somebody please tell me. [​IMG]
     
  2. wyliefarms

    wyliefarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I stop the food at noon the day before going to the processor. Keep the water in front of them though.
     
  3. Salt and Light

    Salt and Light Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I normally stop about 12 hours before butchering
     
  4. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Okay. I'll remove all the food from the coop when they go to bed tonight. Oooh... They'll be tasty! [​IMG]
     
  5. Salt and Light

    Salt and Light Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:This is what I do, but I never think of putting them to bed.[​IMG] Would make it kind of hard to cut off their heads the next morning.
     
  6. scubaforlife

    scubaforlife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They don't HAVE to be off food. Just makes the guts less messy. <-- Gotta be some kind of oxymoron.
     
  7. Salt and Light

    Salt and Light Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:This is true. One morning I decided to butcher some birds AFTER they had eaten. Because the crop was full, it was impossible to pull it through the neck cavity. Everyone of them ended up ripping. So, I still butchered but it was a little more messy.... lol
     
  8. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    lol I guess it's a good thing then that I took them off! Thanks guys. [​IMG]

    All 22 are in the freezer now... The Red Rangers are HUGE! [​IMG]
     

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