My Adventures in Processing Land - or - What not to do

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by chiknlittle, Jul 29, 2008.

  1. chiknlittle

    chiknlittle Out Of The Brooder

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    So yesterday I got up thinking that I'd like to make some Chicken and Dumplings for dinner, but we didn't have any chicken in the freezer. No problem since I had 26 Jumbo Cornish X rocks in the backyard. I've been looking for a processor to no avail, and had accepted my fate as executioner. The birds were getting so big, and we have been just overwhelmed with how much they are eating and how often the coop needs cleaning. So I set out sharpening knives and putting icewater in the cooler. I stretched some twine between 2 trees and was going to use another piece of twine to hang the bird from. I went and got one of my roos and though how it was a shame that he was so used to me that he didn't run or squack. I hung him up and cut his throat. He was dripping for a few minutes but I couldn't tell if he was dying. I called my mom who said that I should cut both sides of his throat. So I did and he still wouldn't die. So I went back in the house the get the Storeys book, and when I came back out he was finally dead. I knew that I would have to skin him since I didn't have a scalding pot (hey, It's not paycheck Friday) and my recipe called for a a skinned bird. So I thought I'd start by cutting off his head. What I did instead was cut into the crop. Oops. I managed to cut the head off without much trouble and then I cut off the wing tips. Next I started pulling the skin down and over the body and off the arms. I cut the legs off mostly because it was bothering me to look at them. It was an odd moment to throw them away. Think about it. You throw away a lot of stuff in your daily existance, but how often do you throw away feet? Next was the innards, and all I had for help was a pair of gloves. The innards looked like nightcrawlers, and I'm not sure why it bothered me. I wound up cracking the breast plate and scooping out all the innards. I finished pulling the skin off and rinsed the bird with a hose and put him in the cooler. It took me a long time to process because I had no clue of what I was doing, and I'd be interested in a faster dispatch method. Also, if somebody could tell me a good reason not to use the hood of my car as a cleaning table I'd like to hear it. To clarify it is the first hood from my car that was replaced after some hail damage. The surface is fine with no paint chips, rust, etc. and I put down a sheet of plastic as a precaution. I don't expect the first time to be the last time, but if somebody could give me some advice on a better way to do things I think it would help. Otherwise, I'd have to say it was like a weird day in science class.
     
  2. blue90292

    blue90292 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 30, 2007
    Rosharon, TX
    so how did your chicken and dumplings turn out? [​IMG]
     
  3. Promiselandfarm

    Promiselandfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    You kinda made me giggle a little thinking back on the first time I did one. Oh boy was that NOT fun. Really though you need a table that you can have outdoors like a metal one or a plastic one you can fold up. A hood is not flat and a flat working surface just makes things go faster at least it did for me. After reading about all the food outsourcing that is going to China and other countries. Plus the big issues with food from other countries making those around the US sick. I told my husband it was time for us to go back to raising all of our own meat and most of our veggies agian. He did not realize how much is being imported. He was happy instead of being upset about my purchasing so many chickens
     
  4. chiknlittle

    chiknlittle Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:After all that I realized that we we didn't have a recipe for Chicken and Dumplings. So we had fish and chips instead. [​IMG]
     
  5. chickens4jojo

    chickens4jojo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] [​IMG] I was wondering, too!

    Maybe tomorrow nite....[​IMG]
     
  6. chiknlittle

    chiknlittle Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Slowly my husband and I are learning about how to be self sufficient. The chickens were our first attempt, and even thought there have been many learning curves we are planning to get more meat chickens next year. We also want to have a garden, but there literally is no dirt where we live, so we are trying to figure out how that is going to work. The hood is off of a 2005 Ford Escape and is somewhat flat with a raised panel down the center. It was all I had and better than nothing. When the paycheck fairy visits on Friday I think I'll go to town and see about a folding table and scalding pot. [​IMG]
     
  7. ashyannehand

    ashyannehand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No recipe huh?

    I am a souther girl and can give you a easy recipe.

    Boil the chicken until he falls off the bone. Shred all the meat, put back in the pot. Some people add celery, I do not. I will often use store bought dumplings from Wal-mart (don't tell my grandma [​IMG]). You can make them yourself but it is kind of work intensive and messy. Make sure the water is at a full boil. Keep the store bought dumplings frozen. Slowly break them up into about 1" lenghts and drop into the boiling water. Continue until your broth is thick. Add salt and fresh peeper to taste. Allow to simmer for 30-45 minutes. Eat up. This is the easy way. If you want to do homemade, email me and I will give you the long recipe.

    Good luck![​IMG]
     
  8. RockyToggRanch

    RockyToggRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2008
    Upstate NY
    My sisters and I helped my Dad butcher our chickens when we were 6 or 7. Our favorite toy was the feet. If I remember correctly, there's a tendon like string that you pull and it makes the toes move. No wonder I'm messed up! He only did the chickens that one time. I guess he wimped out. But our neighbors kept us stocked with new "toys" throughout the years.
     
  9. chickenfanatic

    chickenfanatic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yea i used to pull the tendon when i was a kid hahahahahaah and congrats on ur firrst effort stick with it ull get better every time:)
     
  10. blue90292

    blue90292 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 30, 2007
    Rosharon, TX
    LOL, because of this thread, i ended up making chicken and dumplings last night! [​IMG]
     

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