Our 2nd time processing (Pics-Beware)

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by PurpleChicken, Sep 22, 2007.

  1. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Today we processed 4 birds. Our first time we only handled
    one bird so this was a big project for us.

    Our flock needed to be thinned out and we had too many
    roos. One roo was a 21 week RIR. One roo was a gray silkie.
    Yes people, a silkie. I tried to give him away with no success.
    The other 2 were extra hens.

    This was a family affair. My 7 year old son handled it better
    than me or his mom. It took me 20 minutes to get up the
    courage to take off the RIR's head. He was a great bird but
    it's always been one of our goals to eat the extras.

    I did the nasty with a hatchet. My son was the bird courier
    an errand boy. I scalded. My wife plucked and we both
    cleaned.

    All went well. The biggest problem were the bees that showed up
    out of no where.

    Processing/Hanging station
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    Scalder - I need a turkey fryer
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    Helper
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    Fresh food - Yes the gray meat is silkie
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    Lunch
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  2. HallChicks

    HallChicks Out Of The Brooder

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    That is great! Congratulations! It must have been great to eat fresh homegrown chicken! [​IMG]

    Isn't it funny how our kids are so much better at this than adults! And we are always so concerned! [​IMG]
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Good work! We eat silkies too. It's an asian herbal thing so it goes into herb soups.

    I think most kids take it easier than adults because they are young, willing to learn, and open minded. If you grew up not exposed to something, you are wary as adult. I think every city and country kid should learn how to butcher a chicken. It would be a good learning experience.
     
  4. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Thanks for the kind words.

    Kids really do take it easier than we do. I'm convinced this experience is good for him.
    He is learning so much. He did take it a little far when he ran over to the neighbors
    with a chicken foot in his hand. Well, he got the idea from me so I can't blame him.
    (We are close with our neighbors [​IMG] )

    Soup would have been the best thing for the silkie. The grill made it tough and stringy.
    I might still make a small pot of soup out of it even though it's cooked.
    Cooked chicken still makes a good pot of soup. A recipe request post in the recipe
    section is in order.

    P.S. It wasn't the purple silkie that got it. It was the 2 headed gray. [​IMG]
     
  5. lexustami

    lexustami Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We processed 10 Cornish X's today. (only 33 more to go. LOL) It was pretty much just my 8 year old daughter and my husband. I watched because I don't like to touch dead chicken. LOL

    My daughter helped pluck and gut. She actually likes the gutting part and thinks the plucking is fun!

    We beat the yellow jackets this time by moving the parts bucket away from us. They stayed over there and left us alone.

    Take care,

    Tami
     
  6. PurpleChicken

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    Quote:Good kid!!! Just think about how closer to reality she will be concerning food and life.
    Most kids think chickens grow on trees. Give her a hug and tell her it's from a
    7 year old named Travis in CT. [​IMG]
     
  7. lexustami

    lexustami Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Good kid!!! Just think about how closer to reality she will be concerning food and life.
    Most kids think chickens grow on trees. Give her a hug and tell her it's from a
    7 year old named Travis in CT. [​IMG]

    She is a good kid. Somehow we did something right with her. The other two on the other hand... Just kidding. All 3 of mine are pretty good.

    She was born in CT by the way. New London.

    Take care,

    Tami
     
  8. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

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    Quote:Save the heads and take them for SHOW-N-TELL
    I did that one year (3rd or 4th grade) when we did ducks, I got sent home for the rest of the day to figure out what I did wrong. My grandma came and brought me home. My dad went the next day and chewed the pinciples butt, we were told to bring something for show and tell that we did that weekend. And chicken and duck processing is what we did, so that is what I took.
     
  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Quote:Save the heads and take them for SHOW-N-TELL
    I did that one year (3rd or 4th grade) when we did ducks, I got sent home for the rest of the day to figure out what I did wrong. My grandma came and brought me home. My dad went the next day and chewed the pinciples butt, we were told to bring something for show and tell that we did that weekend. And chicken and duck processing is what we did, so that is what I took.

    Thats so stupid.

    Oh my gosh! You eat real meat that didn't come from plastic packages!!!! You are suspended for showing innocent kids reality. You took a life rather than pretending it didn't happen when you eat the chicken burgers!!!

    At least your parents did something about it! Parent involvement is the only real way to get the point across.
     
  10. mdbucks

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    The bad thing is I didn't do it to be bad, I did it because it was the first time we did ducks, and I thought it was cool, looking back its not surprising. I also got sent to office around the same year for arguing with the teacher about the eggs being put into a incubator that she got from the store, told her they wouldn't hatch because of no rooster. I fully know why you had to have a rooster, but knew eggs from the store wouldn't work. Dad(he was always good for setting teachers and principles straight) went in and basically explained the birds and bees of raising chickens to teacher and principle. They had to appoligize to me and the next day i brought eggs in and relaced the White ones in the incubator with ones from our RIR's. My wife hears stories of my parents standing up to teachers/school system and refuses to let me HANDLE any situations at school.
     

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