New to processing - neck question

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Overoberyl, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. Overoberyl

    Overoberyl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I recently started processing my extra cockerels...I've done about 6 birds over the past week (I don't have help so I just do one or two when I have time). Had one for dinner last night for the first time (Barred Rock) and it was AMAZING!!! I don't think I'll ever buy commercially raised chicken ever again. I am getting more comfortable with the process, and just wanted to say thank you to everyone here that has posted a how-to, or instructions, or anecdotes about their processing experience. Without you all as a resource, I'm not sure I would have even tried. I'm incredibly grateful and proud to join the ranks of the self sufficient [​IMG]

    One question re tools...what do you all use to cut off the neck? I've been using a scalpel to sever the jugular and do all the rest of the cutting, but it's definitely not the right tool for removing the head & neck. I noticed with an older bird it's not that easy to just break and tear...I don't have a lot of tools lying around so will probably buy something better suited...what do you all suggest, a larger knife, shears?

    Thanks!!
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    I think a lot of tools you listed would work - personally, I use a cleaver. One quick chop removes it. A good heavy knife would work just as well.
     
  3. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

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    I peel the skin back until I see a white area of tissue on the back of the neck. Then I cut through the muscle all the way around the neck at that point with the same knife I use to do all the other gutting. Once the muscles are cut, it is easy to twist it off the rest of the way.
     
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    I use poultry shears to cut the neck off. That's what I also use to separate the breast from the back.

    When I process I don't leave the carcass whole. I cut it into serving pieces. Most of that is done with a sharp knife but if bones are involved I use the poultry shears. That helps keep my knife sharp.
     
  5. Overoberyl

    Overoberyl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never heard of poultry shears, that sounds like a tool that would be good to have, will look @ Tractor Supply...

    Thanks for the suggestions!
     
  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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  7. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

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  8. OHIO NATIONAL

    OHIO NATIONAL Out Of The Brooder

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    Garden tools you might already have; anvil pruner, bypass shears, limb loper.
     

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