Processing Day Support Group ~ HELP us through the Emotions PLEASE!

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Sally Sunshine, Apr 14, 2013.

  1. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    I'll tell you another way that really works on older birds...marinating and BBQ on the grill! Can't tell the old from the young birds when you do that. YUM.

  2. cassie

    cassie Crowing

    Mar 19, 2009
    My advice is very simple. DON'T THINK ABOUT IT. The first chicken I processed was out of necessity. It was a Cornish X that suddenly couldn't walk. I knew he had to be processed ASAP and there was no one home to help, and there wasn't going to be anyone to help for several days. I found the instructions on how to process a chicken on the meat bird forum. I printed them out and followed them step by step. I did one step at a time and didn't think about the next one at all. This way I got through it and so can you. It gets easier with time. Don't think about it. Just do it.
  3. 3 NH reds

    3 NH reds Songster

    Dec 5, 2011
    Western Mass
    Might make coq au vin like the last time. Or put it in the smoker until it falls apart. Saw a food show they smoked mutton for 18 hours and it was not strong and looked so good.
  4. jajeanpierre

    jajeanpierre Songster

    Apr 19, 2013
    As I got closer and closer to the day when I'll have to kill my cockerels, I stopped reading this board. I did buy the things I needed to, though. I still am a spineless jelly fish. Yesterday I had my trees pruned and the crew knocked a squirrel nest down. One baby died. (I saved the rest, and released them back to mama this morning, all fed and warm. She immediately came and took them all.) I decided that the dead baby squirrel was pretty natural chicken food so offered it to my 5-month old free ranging Ameraucanas. They really didn't know what to do with it so I decided to cut it up into small pieces. Well I found that to actually put a knife into the skin of a (very dead) baby squirrel was really unbelievably hard and disturbing. How hard is it going to be to put a knife to the throat of a living, breathing chicken I've raised for 5 months???? The one good thing I found out is the knife I bought specifically for the job is not as sharp as I would want. I might use my very sharp paring knife. Or, I can put this off another week or two as I look to buy a sharper knife. ;)
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Oh, me too. I have even begun to purchase a second piece of property solely for the benefit of my flock. It is 5 miles from my house - easy to visit daily - zoned for residential agricultural/livestock use. I SO don't want to butcher any more roosters just because I can't keep more than two here around rooster-intolerant neighbors.
  6. Kassaundra

    Kassaundra Sonic screwdrivers are cool!

    Sep 1, 2010
    I have processed several now, but still can't bring myself to do it hands on. I really can't say enough good about the pellet gun, if it wasn't for it I don't think I would be able to do it at all.
  7. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    I'll tell you a little trick to it all...if you have a killing cone~you can make one from a bleach jug~you can use two hands. Then you just gently place your holding hand around their heads, and your thumb under their beaks and gently press down a little. This brings the skin taut and prevents having to saw the neck, making for a clean, quick slice...better for the bird and better for you.

    It also has the added benefit of having their faces turned away from you and covered by your hand. This is a good added benefit if it bothers you to see the birds you've raised under the that point, all you see is a neck.

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  8. Chambertin

    Chambertin Songster

    Jul 6, 2012
    Funabashi Japan
    My Coop
    I got back to the house in China and all the cockerls were already gone.
    Wont be posting any instructional videos this season.
    (Dont get any of the chicken either! :( )

    Had some more surprises waiting foe me and it looks like I'm moving back to the US permanently.
    Ahh life, I hate you.
  9. ronott1

    ronott1 A chicken will always remember the egg Premium Member Project Manager

    Mar 31, 2011
    Wodland, CA
    My Coop
    [​IMG] I hope things start getting better for you!
  10. jajeanpierre

    jajeanpierre Songster

    Apr 19, 2013
    Thanks. I am just so shocked at how freaked out I was to take a knife to an already very dead baby squirrel that had been alive just an hour before. I've never been squeamish before. I've dissected things, even a pithed frog. Today I held the two cockerels who will be "first" up by their feet just to get used to everything. I'm going to cut up a milk jug to see if that will work. I'm going to have to go through a dry run even pull their heads down and think about how hard I'll have to use the knife. They're itty bitty little cockerels--Silkies. I'm going to buy some chicken with skin on and see if my paring knife is good enough.

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