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I just processed my first chicken!

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by zowieyellowflame, Jan 17, 2011.

  1. zowieyellowflame

    zowieyellowflame Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today, my husband cut the head off of a small rir rooster and then I skinned and cleaned it, all by myself. It took me nearly an hour and it was -14 c outside but I wore minigloves covered with tight disposable latex gloves. My hands stayed very warm. I watched the you-tube video on how to do it. Last year we processed 7 roosters together but we plucked them and my husband did most of the work.
    I do think I prefer to skin. I think it will be much better the more experience I get with it.
    Anyways, just thought I would share.
     
  2. maizey

    maizey Chillin' With My Peeps

    yay! I want to learn how to do this too..im suspicious that i have an unauthorized roo..but im waiting for a crow before I commit. Good job!
     
  3. sadies0111

    sadies0111 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm planning on getting some meaties in the spring, and this will be my first time. I'm a little nervous. I know a lot of people pluck, but skinning seems so much easier. What are the benefits of plucking vs skinning? I usually cook in my crock pot, so it would stay juicy either way.
     
  4. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    Quote:Some people like to eat the skin so they prefere plucked birds, some people don't and prefere a skinned bird. I think it just depeds on how you want to eat it.
     
  5. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    Good Job!
     
  6. zowieyellowflame

    zowieyellowflame Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:The skin on these roos is quite thick and puckers where the feathers was attached.... it just does not seem to get smooth like what is in the store. I wonder if meaties would be better.... since they are bred to be meatier and I think for easier plucking? true? but anyways, with these roosters, we would roast them and then discard the skin anyway. The skin keeps the meat moist but I dont think it is worth the extra work. especially if you use a crock pot it wont really matter anyway.
    Skinning took a lot of effort...... around the legs and wings you have to pull very, very hard. But other than that, pretty easy.
     
  7. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    Quote:The skin on these roos is quite thick and puckers where the feathers was attached.... it just does not seem to get smooth like what is in the store. I wonder if meaties would be better.... since they are bred to be meatier and I think for easier plucking? true? but anyways, with these roosters, we would roast them and then discard the skin anyway. The skin keeps the meat moist but I dont think it is worth the extra work. especially if you use a crock pot it wont really matter anyway.
    Skinning took a lot of effort...... around the legs and wings you have to pull very, very hard. But other than that, pretty easy.

    The meat birds are definantly easier to pluck them a heritage breed
     
  8. zowieyellowflame

    zowieyellowflame Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:The skin on these roos is quite thick and puckers where the feathers was attached.... it just does not seem to get smooth like what is in the store. I wonder if meaties would be better.... since they are bred to be meatier and I think for easier plucking? true? but anyways, with these roosters, we would roast them and then discard the skin anyway. The skin keeps the meat moist but I dont think it is worth the extra work. especially if you use a crock pot it wont really matter anyway.
    Skinning took a lot of effort...... around the legs and wings you have to pull very, very hard. But other than that, pretty easy.

    The meat birds are definantly easier to pluck them a heritage breed

    good to know!
     

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