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OMG! I processed a turkey today tryed pithing nightmare

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by freshegg, Sep 14, 2008.

  1. freshegg

    freshegg Songster

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    well I thought I understood this pithing through the brain something wrong here. I had hubby put him in a cone, then I pulled the neck down and opened his mouth, saw the slit at top of mouth and pushed knife upward towards the back and gave it a quarter turn. well the turkey didnt close his eyes peacefully matter of fact he looked around for like 5 minutes. So I cut on left side if the neck and he started draining blood really fast, 5 minutes later hes still looking around and opening mouth [​IMG] so I tryed poking the brain again., few minutes later I sliced other side of neck it bleeds a ton and hes still alive at which time I sliced throat wide open and he died. This was horrible to go through, I chose this method thinking quick and peaceful. what did I do wrong, maybe not deep enough or far enough back? It wasnt a good day before I culled turkey I made purple chickens plucker for the drill but dont know how to lock it onto the drill [​IMG] so we hand plucked. All this for a 15 lb turkey (after gutting and all). I have 5 more to do in a month or so.
     
  2. Freshegg, I had nearly the same results yesterday...had to do the 10 cannibalistic RIR hens (only one seems to be rethinking on her aggression and she's on daily watch w/the Americana's since that roo only has 4 pullets).

    I used not only my fillet knife but also tried my skinning aka butchering knife but out of 11 chickens done for the freezer not a single one died peacefully from that pithing and I tried on each one of them.

    I ended up slicing their juglar vein on some and using the hatchet on the others and I do have to say that the one good thing was there was a whole lot less of the frantic, adrenalin flying/running motion which was very good in that respect.

    I was wondering how the larger birds are easily defeathered, I put mine in the boiling water and counted to 10 so the feathers slide right off.

    I can appreciate how cornishX has very few feathers, that's wonderful for cleaning them up but also, RIR's are truly a cold weather breed, their feathers are so dense, I had to count longer in the hot water bath for a few as the water never reached the skin, the feathers are that dense! And those birds had a very thick layer of fat beneath the skin and surrounding the gizzards (not the crops).

    What in the world are we doing wrong??? It seems that out of 11 birds I might have had a chance to do at least one properly??? Or is that really it???
    edited for spelling, very dyslexic sp today...tired!
     
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  3. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

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    I am very curious about this method, cause if anyone saw the vid I posted from our butchering day those chickens flapped and freaked like none other without heads. Can anyone elaborate???

    (I gotta add, I didn't know it was called pithing, I read the topic and thought it was a new swear word)
     
  4. freshegg

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    [​IMG] I learned pithing here on BYC so if I am swearing its from the BYCers I learned lol

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  5. Justino

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    [​IMG] omg im sorry that must of sucked LOL
     
  6. freshegg

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    sucked isnt the word every minute felt like 10 it was the never ending murder I felt like a big pile of turkey poo.
     
  7. freshegg

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    snowydiamonds it wasnt hard to defeather I dunked in boiled water for 30 secs.
     
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  8. brahma-momma

    brahma-momma In the Brooder

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    dont feel bad we tried that with 4 of our brahma roos today. i think from now on we will stick with the hatchet.
     
  9. Tuffoldhen

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    Trust me, a very sharp axe or hatchet and then its over!!
     
  10. As I'd failed in the quick end for all the first 10, when it came to my Randy (RIR), I couldn't do it, I asked my son in law to help me as I held him...there was a reason though for Randy not growing, mentally and physically, his crop was totally empty and his gizzard was so small, like a heart so it was a good decision to let him go but he was my big hope and I was failing the pith...

    the hatchet works, but the adrenalin flying/running is pretty gruesome, especially if they still ahve the voice box and are...well, you know...cussing us out?
     
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