Is processing a rooster any different than processing a hen

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Mr chicken dude, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. Mr chicken dude

    Mr chicken dude Songster

    Nov 7, 2009
    So my rooster attacking me is definitely wearing thin so, I'm thinking about processing him but I every video I watch their processing hens. I'm wondering if there is any difference between the butchering procedure of a hen and rooster. Do you butcher a rooster differently .

    Also what would be the quickest/most humane way to do it.

    Sorry if this is a dumb question.

    Last edited: Jun 2, 2011
  2. emys

    emys Songster

    Nov 19, 2008
    Yes, processing a mean rooster is always easier than processing a hen (unless she is a real pill)!! The peace and quiet afterwards is wonderful.

    You need to use a method you feel confident about. I just hold them in a towel over a log while hubby chops off the head for me. (Point body downward immediately after chopping - so blood doesn't get everywhere.) Yes, it is bloody, but I'm sure it was quick.
  3. itsy

    itsy Songster

    Mar 14, 2011
    New England
  4. Karen09

    Karen09 Songster

    Jun 27, 2009
    Wyoming, New York
    We usually slit their throat so the blood doesn't pool back into the body. Some say that chopping off the head pinches the artery so the blood pools back into the body. My husband's favorite way is to put them on a lasso about 3 feet from him and use his sharp katana so it is quick but it is messy. The blood drains very quickly this way. Again, what you are comfortable doing.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: