Oil gland on chickens

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Buster52, May 28, 2012.

  1. Buster52

    Buster52 Songster

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    Do you remove this? We don't for home use, but we are selling now and so I'm having second thoughts.

    I know some producers do, some don't. Do you?

    Thanks.
     
  2. mnferalkitty

    mnferalkitty Songster

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    I do..I think the oil gland tastes bad and can taint the meat
     
  3. debs_flock

    debs_flock Crowing

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    Yes, it's very simple to make a small cut from side to side, just in front and just behind. Makes kind of a triangular divot out of the base of the tail just where it attaches to the back.

    For myself, I don't care about the presentation aspect and I don't eat the tail (my sister did when we were kids). Anyway, I just remove the whole tail. I make the cut on each side of the tail and where it attaches to the back. Then when I pull out the insides, the whole thing comes out without having to cut around the vent.

    It works for me.

    Deb
     
  4. Smiles-N-Sunshine

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    Yep, I remove the whole tail, too. I skin rather than pluck, and this makes it easier to run a blade along the backbone.
     

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