I survived coaching freezer camp today!! Woo Hoo!!

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Elphaba2140, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. Elphaba2140

    Elphaba2140 Songster

    Mar 20, 2010
    Northern Illinois
    [​IMG] Just had to share. I processed my first 3 roos this morning. It went better than I thought. They were little tiny Bantams so there isn't much too them. It is a good thing I have very small hands. Thanks to everyone who has posted how-to posts and links. They were most helpful and made the whole process easier.

    **Notes to self for next year**
    Do Not buy the Bantam mix. LOL. Roos are sure pretty but I had a BBR that started crowing at 7 weeks. Um not going to work in the city!! He has crowed his last crow. [​IMG]
    Make sure knife is sharp. I did sharpen mine on a stone prior but not well enough it seems. Will look for a thinner blade before doing the next few.

    Helpful hints to anyone doing a small batch of little Bantie's like I did. I save a plastic Vinegar bottle and cut a small amount off of the cap area for their heads. Then I made a slice in the top of the handle so it would slide down onto the edge of a 5 gallon bucket. Put shavings into it to catch the blood. I couldn't find a bungie tie so I use painters tape for their feet. Taped them together and then to the vinegar bottle out of the top. I think this worked like a charm. Hope it helps someone else.
  2. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Songster

    Mar 31, 2009
    SouthEast Texas
    Congratulations! [​IMG]

    I know that's a good feeling to conquer it the first time.
  3. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    Nov 22, 2007
    My Coop
    Good for you! What do you plan on doing with them?
  4. Elphaba2140

    Elphaba2140 Songster

    Mar 20, 2010
    Northern Illinois
    I have since done three more. I plucked the first three and froze them whole. They weren't too bad to de-feather. The second batch was awful. They were just full of tiny baby feathers and pin feathers and I decided to skin them after I realized I would never get what was left of the feathers off of them. Two of them were a couple of young Cochins. Couldn't get the feet feathers off either so I tossed those feet. We save them in the freezer for the dogs as a Summer treat. I didn't want them eating feathers.
    Today I put two of the skinned ones on to simmer with onions, carrots and celery to make broth and meat for Chicken and Dumplings.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: