McCleary Chicken Massacre! (a bit of blood)

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Dogfish, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

    Mar 17, 2010
    Western Washington
    The sky is falling! (actually, I suck at video)

    A friend headed over this morning to participate in the 1st ever McCleary Chicken Massacre. He added his 9 birds to the 20 I chose to butcher. I got the equipment set up last night.

    First they headed to the kill cones.
    Warning, blood.

    If you ever need to kill a lot of things at once, get one of these.

    I got the scalding tank up and running, in the freaking rain storm. The soap is in there to help wet the feathers.

    Next we loaded them up on the dunker. I thought it was a bit hokey when I set it up last night, but it really worked well today.

    Next stop was the plucker.

    It was very efficient.
    29 chickens worth of feathers.

    Post plucker

    ...after gut and trim

    I feel a little sad now that my meat chickens are no longer in their chicken tractor,
    ...but I did save 3 to grow to a freakishly large size. 2 hens and a rooster.

    It was great having help today. He was one of those guys who looks for something to do at all times, and he can work and talk at the same time. Nice to have company today, and thanks for the pheasant chicks. They are all doing great.

    And in case you didn't figure it out, for whatever reason, my video failed to upload, and it is stuck in my phone. I can't even email it. The plucker action was pretty darned cool. 30 seconds, and it was done. Three birds plucked.

    Fried chicken for dinner tomorrow!
  2. stanglover2001

    stanglover2001 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2010
    Looks delicious!![​IMG]
  3. HennyJenny

    HennyJenny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 26, 2009
    Bennington, NE
    Wow! You don't mess around do you? Very impressive!
  4. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2009
    Olympia, WA
  5. crazy chook

    crazy chook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2010
    Langwarrin, Victoria
    I have always wanted to eat my own roos but have not been able to, just can't bring myself to do it. I think I could if I had help and the set up that you have. WOW, that is great. No fuss just gets the job done. I used to work at Ingham here in Aus, but by the time the chickens got to me they were already dead, plucked, gutted and cold. So it was easy.
    Nice Job.
  6. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    Nov 22, 2007
    My Coop
    Great pictures, you did a super job there.
  7. sksmass

    sksmass Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 18, 2010
    Is that a homemade raccoon trap next to your tractor?
    And, how many meaties did you raise in that tractor? Looks like a good design.
  8. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

    Mar 17, 2010
    Western Washington
    We rented the set-up from the Conservation District, $20 for everything.

    The tractor easily held 25-30 birds. It is only 8x8, so more would make it pretty messy, even moving once per day.

    The trap is home made, copied from the "master trapper" someone else posted pictures of. Caught our first victim today. A neighbor's kitty cat. I made sure it knew that it wasn't welcome, then opened the top gate.
    Cats can leap surprisingly far when motivated. [​IMG]
  9. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    congratulations dogfish! what a great job and informational share. we had a fathers day chicken BBQ last night with myfirst batch of CX's it was awesome and now everyone wants to buy chickens from me (noooo way). Isn't this a rewarding effort?
  10. peterlund

    peterlund Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2010
    MA Cranberry Country
    awesome job. Enjoy your well deserved meat. What size are you letting the last 3 birds grow to be?? After 12 weeks my fatties were just miserable as they barely could move.

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