So we killed our first ever turkeys this weekend as someone was having their Thanksgiving early. The first bird we killed was a bourbon red tom. We ended up throwing him away so I have questions about that to anyone who has bird processing knowledge. Basically our kids were giving us hell and I hadn’t put the bird in quarantine beforehand so he’d eaten. He’d eaten a fair bit of grass as that’s what his crop was full of. Anyway so I’m taking care of the kids when my husband starts swearing up a storm that some poo got onto the carcass and this is why we quarantine. So we were a little unsure about whether this meant the entire bird was bad. If we could wash it or not. So I did finish cleaning it out and washed it off. Called a meat processor in our area who said that eating it would be a risk. So we threw it away. It felt awful doing that. What would you have done? Did we do the right thing? Could we have eaten it? Since the poo was just in 1 small area could we have cut up the bird for parts?? Total suckage with that. So moving on, yesterday we kill another bird because we have to fulfill the order ya know. So we killed a BBW hen. I processed her entirely alone. It was pretty freaking I will admit. I’ve never processed a bird alone before, I’m usually the assistant. But I looked at pictures online and went nice and slow with my cutting. I think I did a pretty amazing job. I kept the bird and the area really clean. I would put the bird in the sink to be rinsed while I wiped down the counter in between processing items. I just felt like it went pretty well though it took FOREVER! So we delivered our first turkey order and I was pretty happy about it. I was wondering from experienced processors how you get all those feathers out. We have a plucker and it does a good job but we still end up with quite a few feather tubes stuck in the bird that I was using tweezers to get out. It was pretty hard work. So what do you do?