I did it! (barred rock 'after' pic included)

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by LindsayB, Mar 12, 2011.

  1. LindsayB

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    I finally got the courage up to butcher our 1 year old barred rock hen...I posted twice already about how she was plucking the feathers off our other 3 girls. Well this morning I went outside to feed and water them and she had drawn blood on our 2 easter eggers...After I saw that I'd had it. I went and filled our biggest pot with water and started heating it up on the stove. The hardest part was the killing. I prefer to use a small hatchet, I think its the quickest and easy way for them to go. that went pretty well, except I had to kind of hold her still afterwards so she wouldn't flop around and bruise the meat. Scalding and plucking really wasn't too bad either. the feathers just wiped off. I could not believe how much yellow fat was on her though. it was worse than a store bought broiler!
    Alltogether I had a good experience processing my first chicken. (I've had to cull 4 hens that were sick or hurt but we didnt use them for food) the picture in my avatar is the br hen....I think I'll keep her on there for a while now as a little memory of her. She was a very friendly girl towards me and very sweet, but I wasn't the one that had to live with her!!

    Here are some after pics. Pretty good for a hatchery barred rock huh?!! [​IMG]

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  2. BigDaddy'sGurl

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    I for one am proud of you for doing what was best for the flock. Your BR was a beautiful girl, but now your other chickens will be much happier. Good eating to you!
     
  3. marymac

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    That fat is full of flavor for making soup, you can take it off after it cools. You can't beat older hens for their flavor.
     
  4. LindsayB

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    I left quite a big of fat on her. I also saved the feet, liver, gizzard and neck.
     
  5. BayouPoules

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    Good Decision and Well Done! [​IMG]

    You did what was needed for your flock and the hen will feed your family!
     
  6. rancher hicks

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    Well I"m glad for you. Hope you had fun.

    Rancher
     
  7. LindsayB

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    Thank you! It was a good learning experience! I'm prepared now for our 6 meaties...they should be ready in 6 weeks.
     
  8. Fool

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    I'm curious how much does a year old BR hen weigh out at?
     
  9. blackvelvet

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    Job well done. I am a nervous wreck in about 2 weeks I am doing my first meaties. I have killed chickens before but never actually processed and ate my on chicken. [​IMG]
     
  10. LindsayB

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    She was 3 1/2 lbs live...I forgot to weigh after.. [​IMG] Is it okay to let her 'rest' in a bowl of water in the fridge?
     

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