Processed a Muscovy today. GRAPHIC pic/description UPDATE

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by jdywntr, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ugh. What a chore. It took me a while to accomplish especially since after getting him on the chopping block, I hesitated and could not bring myself to use the meat cleaver like I had planned. I decided to run inside and get the hatchet I had originally bought for this purpose because I would be further removed than with the cleaver. Again, I had second thoughts and hesitated. Then I thought I'll just slit the throat. My knife, though new, would not get through the feathers. So back to the chopping block. About 15-20 minutes have gone by. Finally, I work up my courage and my worst fears happened. I didn't swing hard enough and did not chop so I quickly swing again. The head was still attached (completely) but I had somehow severed an artery. So, I hung him over a bucket and grabbed my knife and basically sawed through the other side.

    I let him hang for a few minutes, he didn't bleed as much as I thought he would so I went ahead and cut off his head with shears. Still not much more bleeding. I dry plucked some of him and then into the scalder. Hand plucking was not that bad. It took me about 35 minutes but I did not pluck the wings. I tried but they were VERY difficult so I gave up and figured I'd just cut them off. Unfortunately, he was also molting so LOTS of pin feathers but they came out pretty easy too. Oh the down. [​IMG]

    I then chucked him into a cooler and ran inside to double check the eviseration site. That went pretty easy, I didn't cut/burst anything. Alot of blood though. It looked like one of the arteries in his neck had clotted so he did not bleed out completely.

    I rinsed him well and put him into an ice water filled cooler.

    So, he didn't bleed out completely. Is this going to be a problem?

    Also, I could not get every speck of lung out. Those thing shredded like mad. Will this be a problem when cooked? I plan on roasting him for Thanksgiving.

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    On the breast there are some reddish areas though they seem to be disappearing. Blood?

    I have some finishing up to do. There are some pin feathers to pull and a bit of down on the breast but I think it will be easier to pick when dry.

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  2. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Anyone have answers or opinions on these questions?
     
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    dbcooper02 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ducks taken by hunters rarely get bled out so I don't see any real problem there. A bit of lung left in a roasted bird wouldn't seem to be an issue either.
     
  4. duck walk

    duck walk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh boy...I have no answers, only the same questions...I have an excess of Muscovy drakes I am going to have to do something with...processing them for the freezer is last on the list...I dread it, but I simply can not keep all the boys...they are not fighting...yet...
     
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  6. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you.

    Duck Walk- I also have excess drakes. You could certainly rehome them but whoever takes them may process them anyway. For me, the killing was the hardest part. After that it was fine. I had planned on processing 2 but with the problems I had I wanted to work out the kinks before I try again.
     
  7. bluep

    bluep Out Of The Brooder

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    looks a nice bird what age and size was he
     
  8. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He was almost 5 months I think and his processed weight was 4.8 lbs (without wings)
     
  9. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Quote:Next time flush the cavity out with a high pressure spray, such as from a garden house. There is still plenty of time to do this.

    I use one of these, but that is overkill for your needs.

    http://www.alliedkenco.com/lungremover-waterflush.aspx

    That's what we do. We flush out with a garden hose.
     
  10. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Next time flush the cavity out with a high pressure spray, such as from a garden house. There is still plenty of time to do this.

    I use one of these, but that is overkill for your needs.

    http://www.alliedkenco.com/lungremover-waterflush.aspx

    That's what we do. We flush out with a garden hose.

    Today I got in there again and I think I got all of the lungs out. I used a hose but just rinsed without pressure. This was a great learning experience for me though. I know of a few things that I will change next time.

    I again want to thank everyone on BYC that provided info and feedback. I wouldn't have had the guts to do it without BYC.
     

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