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List of Equipment

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Erint, May 7, 2011.

  1. Erint

    Erint New Egg

    May 7, 2011
    Do you have a list of "must haves" on hand when you are processing your chickens to make it easier or more efficient? First timer going to harvest this week!
  2. CowgirlJules

    CowgirlJules Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2010
    Atwater, CA
    A big pot for scalding. I either heat my water on a turkey fryer or the burner on my gas grill.

    Trash bags to pluck into.

    A good sharp knife. I like scalpels.

    And I find a vacuum sealer a handy but not essential piece.
  3. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    Axe, several different size knifes until you find the ones you like. Chopping block, large tubs for several reasons, bleed out, innards and scraps. You also need a hose with adjustable nozzle, Ice, coolers, wire or string. just toname a few the other posters left out.
  4. Country Parson

    Country Parson Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2010
    Bellefontaine, OH
    If your doing more than a couple of birds I HIGHLY suggest a cooling tank. This can be as simple as a large cooler or 35 gallon rumbermaid container filled with tap water and throw in a bag (or two) of ice.

    1. Kill bird
    2. Scald
    3. Pluck feathers
    4. Put in chill tank until cool/cold
    5. Gut
    6. Vac-seal (if you have one)
    7. Age 24 hrs in fridge
    8. Freeze

    I didn't have a chill tank this last time and it caused problems.
  5. FeedYourself

    FeedYourself Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 25, 2011
    Washington State
    large cooler with brine & ice
    small cooler for hearts, livers, gizzards with icewater
    something for feathers
    something for innards
  6. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

    Apr 22, 2008
    This is the equipment we use:

    killing cones
    buckets to drain the blood into
    razor blades or scalpels
    scalding pot and a way to heat it (we have a water heater scalder)
    a place to dispose of feathers (our plucker piles them into a nice pile we can easily pick up)
    a table to use for eviscerating
    knives for eviscerating
    water for rinsing
    a gut bucket for all the extra parts
    a pot with ice water for the necks, organs, and feet
    a cooler with ice water to put birds in when they are finished
    a scale and packaging for when the birds are fully cooled
    Last edited: May 7, 2011

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