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It is Christmas, but I did it anyway

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by HobbyChickener, Dec 25, 2007.

  1. HobbyChickener

    HobbyChickener Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went out to check on the birds and give them their evening meal. I noticed that our pet rooster wasn't out with everyone else. Upon looking for him I found him hiding under the shed. This is odd because he is top dog around the coop. He may be the smallest but he is the toughest of the bunch. When I finally got him out I noticed he was bloody. Looking at how I was going to get him out and let him heal one of the other rooster started working on him again. In a moment of "LEAVE HIM ALONE!" I swung the stick in my hand and roled him across the coop. Upon realizing what I had done I decided it was time to dress out the other 3 roosters that were freezer bound anyway. After a mess of catching birds and doing the deed I have 4 ready for the process of getting in the freezer. I took me about 2 hours but it was all over and done. It went very smooth for my first time, I think. I had read the process several times before as well as processing game for years. No I didn't keep some of the things that others say they do, maybe next time. Not really at all what I had planned for Christmas but I wasn't going to waste the first one nor was I going to make a mess for only one. My plan is to freezer 3 and taste one to see if it will be worth my time to get more for freezer stock later.
     
  2. halo

    halo Got The Blues

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    Good for you! Sounds like you got the deed done quickly, too, especially for your first time. Im not sure Ill ever be able to do that, but I guess never say never.
     
  3. adoptedbyachicken

    adoptedbyachicken Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Good for you. Leave the one to age for at least 24 hours then if they were greater than about 30 weeks old use a slow cooker or marinate.

    Enjoy! Good for you for sticking up for your boy. Too many roos is bad for the hens too, best to cull out to a natural level.
     
  4. suburbanhomesteader

    suburbanhomesteader Chillin' With My Peeps

    Me too; I was overdue with the whole processing thing because of weather and the fact that I'd hurt my knee. Things just came together Christmas morning and I went ahead and processed my last 10.

    I'm sorry your favorite got picked on. I'm sure that was pretty traumatic for you.
     
  5. picklespickles

    picklespickles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2007
    i think the first time is easiest done for a "reason" like that. at least it was for me.
     

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