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

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

  1. Elphaba2140

    Elphaba2140 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congratulations! [​IMG]

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

    halo Got The Blues

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    Good for you! What do you plan on doing with them?
     
  4. Elphaba2140

    Elphaba2140 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     

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