Killing, Plucking, Eviscerating, & Cutting Up Your Chicken - Graphic!

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by frugal, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    WOW!!! [​IMG]

    Very professional.
  2. frugal

    frugal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 9, 2008
    NEK, Vermont
    Quote:It's an old stock pot that I keep around just for scalding birds. I heat it with a propane burner. It was busy all day Friday...

  3. jedidja

    jedidja Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 24, 2009
    Kensington, PEI
    Well, I just did my first chicken and followed the steps listed here - definitely wasn't able to follow all the steps for gutting but was able to take out the insides, open up the craw/gizzard, see the liver/heart/bile duct, etc.

    Roasted the (small) chicken last night..was quite tasty [​IMG]

    Again -- thanks so much for such an informative thread [​IMG]

    Tried to piece together a video of part of the process (and why I killed her early) here:
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2009
  4. edb

    edb Chillin' With My Peeps

    frugal, That was outstanding!! I have several people that I dress birds for due to them not being able to stomach it, most can't. There is no shame in not being able to kill a animal. I grew up on a farm and have always hunted and fished for food. I'm sure this will help everyone and kudos on a great job!
  5. frugal

    frugal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 9, 2008
    NEK, Vermont
    Thanks for the kind words. The process can seem daunting to some people until you break it down to one step at a time. However when you do, most things around the homestead are easy to do. After all, our forefathers routinely performed these chores without the modern tools we have today.

    I didn't grow up on a farm like you did and have learned most things through trial and error...lots of errors! [​IMG]

    You're very fortunate.
  6. jedidja

    jedidja Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 24, 2009
    Kensington, PEI
    Did an 8-lb rooster earlier today
    ( , again following the directions - it is taking way too long for me [​IMG] I obviously need practice.

    Are there any more details on exactly how to do the cut around the vent? I'm having the most trouble figuring out what to do there. Also taking out the innards seems to involve a lot of digging / feeling around with my hands - is that normal?
  7. backdoorchicken

    backdoorchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2009
    newport news va
    i could not even begin to think about doing this to a chicken myself but you really did a great job. very professional and clean.

    next time i go to vermont for a phish concert i am gonna look you up.
  8. wildorchid053

    wildorchid053 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2009
    syracuse area, ny
    WOW !!! i never thought i could kill a chicken.. it was a totally inhumane thing to me.. but after getting the nerve to look at the pictures it was nothing like i imagined.. now i want to eat chicken. think i will raise meat and egg layers..i have RIR roos and hens.. great for eggs... and meat .. tytyty it wasn't gross at all. it looks just like a store bought chicken lol. don't know what i expected but it wasn't this lol.. wonderful pics
  9. Dbl T in CO

    Dbl T in CO Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 22, 2007
    Byers CO
    For anyone wanting good direction in butchering, you hit the mark. Excellent job! No need to add anything to the title in my estimation.

    Anyone looking for butchering expertise should know, if youÂ’re lucky, the photos will be explicit. Great tool for learning. Thanks for sharing!!

  10. chicken_china_mom

    chicken_china_mom Crazy for Cochins

    Apr 24, 2009
    Tab, Indiana
    Im gonna have to try that. lol:ya

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