Our First Slaughter (graphic pics)

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Angelfishie, Oct 19, 2019.

  1. Angelfishie

    Angelfishie Chirping

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    Our 7 month old Jersey Giant cockerel, Stewy, had become quite aggressive to the point that it was not in our best interest to keep him around. So, today we slaughtered him and he’s in the refrigerator, aging.

    My husband and I both researched various methodology. Having both killed game birds in the past we we are both comfortable with the idea, but neither of us had ever fully dressed out a bird (plucking, gutting). Once we agreed on the various steps and methods, we laid everything out, did a mock walk-through and agreed on each of our roles.

    I think it went fairly well. I learned where I can improve on the butchering process just by having a sharper blade, and some appropriate shears.

    Stewy dressed out at 4 lbs 2 oz. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of fat he had. We plan to braise him and make enchiladas.

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  2. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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    Looks like y'all have a good setup there. He looks very well filled out too. Don't expect him to be as tender as a store bought chicken, but he should be a lot more flavorful.
     
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  3. SueT

    SueT Crossing the Road

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    Tell us about the feather remover....
     
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  4. Angelfishie

    Angelfishie Chirping

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    Hubby ordered it from amazon. It attaches to a drill motor And seemed to work quite well, even in the tight spots (under wings, etc) without tearing the skin. I’m not sure it’s any faster than doing it by hand since this is our first time. Maybe when we slaughter more than one at a time we will compare methods.
     
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  5. Wow. You guys did a really great job. Do you mind if I ask what you did use to sever his neck?
     
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  6. Peepsi

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    Wow! I love the attachment. I did a search on amazon for "Feather Plucker Drill" and came up with more attachments that I never knew existed. THANK YOU, OP!
    https://www.amazon.com/s?k=feather+plucker+drill&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

    Your thread has been extremely helpful for those of us who will be slaughtering for the first time.
     
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  7. I’m trying to get up the courage just in case. It’s a tremendous help.
     
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  8. Angelfishie

    Angelfishie Chirping

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    Thanks! We used a filet knife we had for cleaning fish. Extremely sharp.
     
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  9. Angelfishie

    Angelfishie Chirping

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    Glad it will be of some help. Every bit of insight you can get ahead of time will ease your anxiety about it.
     
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