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

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

  1. kyzerc

    kyzerc Chirping

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    At the moment this happened I was transferring 4 males to big cage.They kept beating up other birds.I was going to try it again,the second they were put in cage they ran straight to little birds,as I was catching them again,door came open,didnt have inside latch fastened about 6 ran out..My dog was barking at big dogs at fence,which made me even madder,had surgery 2 days before.I had two of the evil birds in my hand,held head and snapped like a wrip (sp?).On you tube they show buctering them,the man just grabbed his and pulled head right off.[​IMG]

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  2. jimbob86

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    Quote: They are quail....tiny birds ..... not that tough to do...... when I field dress wild bobwhites, I don't need a knife ...... pull off the head, outer wing, feet (takes some twisting), skin and then open the abdomen and eviscerate ..... rinse, brine and grab the next one (if you were fortunate enough to get more than one!) ....
     

  3. I see, guess I wasn't thinking it through. Do you hunt with a bow and arrows or a gun? I hope to hunt with red tailed Hawks soon. (Falconry)

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  4. jimbob86

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    I have always hunted quail with a shotgun .... though never went "quail hunting" per se ... but bagged them when they showed up while after pheasant, rabbit, and in recent years, turkey (Magnum Pheasant) ......


    Kudos to you for taking up the True Sport of Kings, at a time when our contemporary "Kings" are decidedly unsportsmanlike .......


    So are you a "Falconer", or "Austringer"?
     

  5. I would be counted as an austringer I suppose, as I'd be hunting with Hawks. I love animals, but there is a certain balance we must maintain, even if it means hunting. Personally, I prefer hunting with birds, but have no problem with other methods for food or supplies. I am not so supportive of hunting for sport or trophies, but understand the urge to be the top predator, especially towards prey animals. I see way too many people these days complaining about hunters while chomping down on their cheeseburger which probably had a more miserable life than any hunted animal could. Just my 2 cents. :)

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  6. Penny Hen

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    Years ago when there was the craze to make feathered hatbands for cowboy hats I mail ordered a pheasant skin with the feathers intact. It had a hole were the head had been cut off and looked like they had made a hole at the butt and peeled the skin off in a tube shape. It wasn't tanned but it was dried and it looked like they had used salt to cure it.
     
  7. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Crossing the Road

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  8. Pensmaster

    Pensmaster Free Ranging

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    After reading some of the struggles folks have gone through on the forum here and realizing that I had the same problems, axe, loppers etc. I though I would share how processing day has evolved for me. This may or may not work for you but it has helped take the stress out of butchering days for me. It's still not easy and after a couple hundred I still have emotions with processing. I don't think you will ever get over it.


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    After placing bird in bag with hole cut large enough to fit chickens head in, secure to fence or post. Bailing wire wrapped twice around chickens legs and secured to back to itself will hold them in place for entire process. Weight of chicken will pull wire tighter.

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    Open chickens mouth. They will be moving at this point


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    Place knife blunt side out towards skin, sharp side towards neck bone and make a slicing motion on the neck once you see blood move to the other side and do the same. The braining part that folks talk about is done in this step. I've not had much luck with knife and will try flathead screw driver next.


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    Let the chicken bleed out. There will still be shaking with this part so go and prepare other birds or get ready to finish processing. If the bag was done right the wings will be held by the bag. The hole with this bag was almost too large. The bailing wire also holds bag in place. Seldom have a wing coming out.
    Proceed as you would normally either skinning or feathering.

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    This is the position I hang the bird to skin it the height I've chosen allows me to sit in chair while processing. When finished skinning, the bird is parted out while it hangs there. All entrails skin etc. are then released into a 5 gallon bucket below the bird from the start. If done right all the innards are never touched. When I take legs and wings off I cut any useful meat off the back and the back is discarded with the entrails. You may chose to save the back and the neck. With the exception of feathers the parts are clean ready for salt, no water, and a Baggie to store in refrigerator. For me most of the time it's clean enough that I don't rinse except when cooking. All poultry is cooked to 165 so all bugs are killed as well.

    Unless I'm too rough getting skin off and the bird loses its head. Then it's a mess to work with. I have a table ready for that but I've learned a technique when removing skin that takes pressure off neck. Older chickens seldom lose their head.
    Equipment used: two knives and steel to keep knives sharp, feed bag, small length of bailing wire, baggies, salt, 5 gallon bucket and chair. Oh and the chicken.
     
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  9. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Crossing the Road

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    Thank you so much!!!!!!! [​IMG]
     
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  10. Latest shipment of meat birds are here.
    Hopefully we will be done then for a while. [​IMG]
     
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