If you process, what do you do with the parts you don't want?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by NHchicks, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. NHchicks

    NHchicks Songster

    May 13, 2010
    I would think at first thought maybe you would throw the parts that are leftover - you know, the things you would never eat and wouldn't even give to the dog, like the feet or head or whatever - in the woods. But then I thought if you do that, you might be inviting predators to sniff close to your flock. Yet it's pretty messy for a garbage bag. So what do you do with those parts?
  2. eKo_birdies

    eKo_birdies Songster

    May 11, 2010
    Northern Colorado
    the feet and head GO to the dogs around here! clip off the nails first though.

    as far as the intestines... we have a dump pile for that that's about a quarter mile away from where we usually are outside.
  3. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    You're right about the predators.

    Some people use a burn barrel, but of course it needs to be a hot fire.

    I just double bag them and take them to the county dumpster.
  4. Sundown_Farmer

    Sundown_Farmer Chirping

    Apr 2, 2010
    Non-Chicago, Illinois
    Compost pile. I keep mine pretty hot with kitchen scraps, goat manure, whatever else I can find. The chicken parts don't last long and the pile is apparently hot enough scavengers stay out of it. Well, they have stayed out of it all year anyway. Feathers, guts, heads and feet (feet I don't sell to some Chinese friends) all go in the pile under a covering of brooder wood chips.
  5. Brunty_Farms

    Brunty_Farms Songster

    Apr 29, 2007
    I tried to compost mine, however it seems like I just fed the vultures, coyotes, and coons. Feathers I throw out with the garbage, all edible parts go out in a designated area of the property to become food.
  6. annageckos

    annageckos Songster

    Sep 6, 2009
    SE PA / NJ
    Feet and heads are great for dogs. I feed them to my dogs when I can get them. Feet are great for dogs with bad hips, and the heads also have all kinds of nutrients.
  7. itsalladream

    itsalladream Songster

    Sep 19, 2010
    Mobile, AL
    My Coop
    When you say head, I can't help but think that you must be including brain. A CNS can be full of nasty stuff.
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2010
  8. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    A chicken CNS can't give a dog anything nasty....if that were so, there would be generations of really sick dogs on THIS family and many others! [​IMG]

    The feet of the CX are saved, scalded and peeled and saved to make chicken soup stock. The collagen in these parts are great for making jellied stock.

    The heads, organs, necks, and unwanted scraps of fat and meat are saved to make into dog food.

    The next time we do CX we will be saving the feathers for pillows.

    The only thing that doesn't get used here are some of the entrails....and these are great fun for my layer flock to pick through and eat.

    That leaves nothing but the bawk! [​IMG]
  9. Quote:I agree but instead of sending them to my dogs, mine go to use with my hog. I like to think of it as recycling. [​IMG]
  10. Ibicella

    Ibicella Songster

    Nov 13, 2009
    Everett, WA
    Heads get turned into dog food, feet into stock.

    The only parts I actually "throw out" are digestive system and feathers, and those go to the compost heap. Feathers are a WONDERFUL thing to add to compost!

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