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Necks and organs

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by kstaven, Nov 13, 2008.

  1. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing Premium Member

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    For those of you that process and sell poultry. Do you include the neck, heart, gizzard etc?

    Curious as to to how many do and don't.
  2. shmooborp

    shmooborp artistic fowlism

    gizard and neck yes... but i take everything else out and my mom likes the hearts so i give them to her...
  3. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    When we processed our cockerels last week, my Dad kept the hearts and livers to take home. I kept the necks to make stock. He cleaned one gizzard but decided he didn't want to clean the rest to take too. LOL I would have done it for him. He likes all that stuff.
  4. ChickenTender63

    ChickenTender63 Songster

    Sep 28, 2008
    Alamance, NC
    I keep them, but bag the necks, livers, and hearts seperately. There are folks like myself out there that love those things. My wife and I have fried livers once or twice a week.

    Then there are the other people who just want the chicken, and would throw these items away, and to me, thats wasteful. Customers know I have them and the ones that like them ask me and I sell them seperately from the chicken.

    Good luck.
  5. jaku

    jaku Songster

    If you're selling by the pound, those parts are a perfectly honest way to add weight to the birds.
  6. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    My processor bags the organs in one package, so they are not with the bird. So I generally just utilize them ourselves, unless a customer specifically asks for them. The neck is always included too.
  7. ChickenTender63

    ChickenTender63 Songster

    Sep 28, 2008
    Alamance, NC
    Quote:I don't really agree that it's an honest way to add weight, but do know there are many people that do it. I'm not saying your wrong or it's bad, it's just not the way I prefer to do it.

    In my area, most folks don't want these items, so I either save them for my personal use or sell to the customers that request them.
  8. dancingbear

    dancingbear Songster

    Aug 2, 2008
    South Central KY
    As long as the customer knows whether they are getting the organs and neck, or not getting as the case may be, I think it's fine either way. Even better if the customers have the choice of buying the organs or not.

    We don't sell our chickens at this point, but when we have bought chickens, if they didn't have heart, gizzard, and neck, we were disappointed. My DH loves hearts and gizzards, so when I fry a chicken I set those aside when they're done, while the rest finishes cooking, so he can come in and nibble them while waiting for dinner to be ready. The liver we don't care for, but I always cook it up for the dogs or the cats.
  9. ChickenTender63

    ChickenTender63 Songster

    Sep 28, 2008
    Alamance, NC
    Quote:Thats probably the best way to look at it, then each party is pretty much covered.
  10. smith2

    smith2 Songster

    Jan 5, 2008
    Paris, TN
    I do my own chicken so I keep all that stuff. When I am going to can chicken, I put the necks, hearts, and gizzards in one jar by themselves, and cook the livers right then. I either eat the livers or feed them to my cats.

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