Our First Processing Experience! (Pics)

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  1. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

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    Well, we processed our first chickens today. It was quite an experience. Thank goodness my hubby was there and truthfully did most of the work!! We did 7 roosters in about 2 - 2.5 hours. We skinned all of them. They were 5 month old black sex links and the largest one dressed out at 3lbs 3.3 oz. So now we know if we hatch our own eggs again we need to let them go till there about 6-7 months old!!


    Here's a couple of pics!!

    My hubby the chicken rangler!!
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    Our make shift killing cone!!
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    This was the coolest thing. Hubby rigged up a needle to his air compressor and basically blew the skin away from the meat! Made it much easier to peel the skin!
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    And this is what we ended up with!
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    Thanks for looking!! [​IMG]
     
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  2. Liamm_1

    Liamm_1 Songster

    Nice! thanks for posting pics
     
  3. Charles07

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    Tell your husband great idea about the air compressor.

    I will try this sometime.

    Nice pictures!
     
  4. codymax2

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    Beautiful!! They look bigger though!!?? I'm jealous I made soup from the 2 (our first) and let me just say WOW!!! It was the cleanest tasting stock not greasy but full of chicken flavor!!! MMMMMMMMM!!!!! Now we just have to work on getting to the country so we can do more!!
     
  5. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

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    Thanks I'll tell him!!

    I have a question though.. Do you have to let them rest in the fridge before you freeze them??

    I've been reading up a little and I know your not suppose to cook them with out a rest period but I don't know if I messed up or not just going ahead and freezing them!!

    Thanks!
     
  6. codymax2

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    No just let em rest while you defrost them. same thing couple of days
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  7. donrae

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    I think the freezing directly is okay if you let them rest in the fridge for a few days after/during thawing. They can rest before or after freezing.

    Nice job!
     

  8. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

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    Okay thanks everyone!! Was so hoping I hadn't just messed everything up!! [​IMG]
     
  9. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

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    BTW he just told me it was a basket ball needle that he ground it to a point. [​IMG]
     
  10. mxpres

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    neat job [​IMG]
     

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