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Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by frugal, Dec 1, 2008.
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...
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
Again -- thanks so much for such an informative thread
Tried to piece together a video of part of the process (and why I killed her early) here: http://newlyplanted.blogspot.com/2009/07/first-chicken-slaughtered.html
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!
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!
You're very fortunate.
Did an 8-lb rooster earlier today
(http://newlyplanted.blogspot.com/2009/07/and-then-there-were-thirty-four.html , again following the directions - it is taking way too long for me 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?
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.
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
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 youre lucky, the photos will be explicit. Great tool for learning. Thanks for sharing!!
Im gonna have to try that. lol