Pithing??

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by sewhorsey, May 6, 2009.

  1. sewhorsey

    sewhorsey Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello,

    In my quest to quickly and humanely dispatch my meat birds I recently came across the "pithing method"...After Googling this term, I get that it has something to do with a hind brain and is usually after stunning (?)...

    Can somebody with experience help me out with some info/tutorial?

    Thanks so much! Amy
     
  2. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
  3. sewhorsey

    sewhorsey Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the link!

    That was very helpful. Could pithing be used after slitting and bleeding out is completed? Will the feathers loosen if the bird is pithed after death?
     
  4. flopshot

    flopshot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:from the above mentioned post:
    "Pithing was never intended for this purpose. In reality pithing is a means of rendering a specimen immobile for disection/study purposes.
    We used it in biology class with frogs & kittens. The objective is to have a brain dead but still breathing/heart beating subject that can be cut open without muscle reflex.

    If done correctly, pithing will scramble the brain & sever the spinal cord. What you end up with is a animal that is very much alive, but unable to feel pain, or move."
     
  5. sewhorsey

    sewhorsey Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi there,

    I read that part of the post, but I have also heard of applying this technique to loosen feathers.

    Has anyone done this? I can't see a problem with doing this to a bird already dead, but would it function to loosen feathers?

    Thanks, Amy
     
  6. Big George

    Big George Out Of The Brooder

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    Stick with the tried and true. I use a cone and they are dead in a matter of seconds. Very clean and a good bleed out . Water with a few drops of dish soap in it at 150 degrees lessens the smell and helps with saturation. Feathers come right out. Did two cornish this morning.
     
  7. sewhorsey

    sewhorsey Out Of The Brooder

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    I haven't tried soap in the scalding water before. Thanks for the tip. I also am currently using a cone and regular scald and it works fine.

    I am still curious about the "old timers" who will use a pithing like technique to loosen feathers. Has anyone tried this?
     
  8. sesa

    sesa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like zombie chickens to me
     
  9. Peruvian

    Peruvian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have tried pithing birds before cutting the neck arteries, but it's difficult to tell if it has worked in my experience. I mostly do it to comfort myself assuming that if they are brain dead they don't know what is happening.
     
  10. cassie

    cassie Overrun With Chickens

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    My grandmother used to pith birds and then dry pick them. The pithing loosened the feathers and she could dry pick a chicken in two minutes flat. After reading the instructions for pithing in my 60-year-old Practical Poultry Management book I don't see how you could have a bird that was "live but unable to feel pain" after that. The brain would be pretty much destroyed if you followed the instructions.
     

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