Processing The Runt - Should I Eat Him?

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and for future reference, this is what you are looking for (one of my runts I just culled, 4.96# live weight, 3.52# processed). "Small Barred" died for science - and my table.

Disrobed, organs still in place (though I've carefully cut around so that all the internals will come out at once, using the inner cavity wall as a guide) - you can see some subcutaneous fat at the keel, along the edge of the thigh, etc - plus a small amount around the organs. Good yellow color from diet. No large masses of fat or hard fatty clumps -
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Yup, its a boy! (My main Breeders were starting to chase this guy around to keep him from the hens - he's still not fully mature, but definitely starting to get his hormones. Late development and small size are why he was selected for culling). Insides still need some scooping after a cold water flush.
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Heart liver and gizzard, removed. Note the small line of fat on the heart and gizzard, this is what you want to see. A heart wrapped in fat is a slowly dying, overweight bird. Now look at the liver - its not huge, its got good color, and the color is completely uniform - no pale sections, extremely dark sections, or mottling.
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Ready to wet age in yellow curry powder, garlic, onion, salt, and a bit of yogurt.

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Hope this helps!!!

You need to make this into an article that people can reference in the future.
 

jjaazzy

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Hey I would just like to add, that you did great, many of us here (me) can't do the kill. I can do the process but I just can't do the kill so you did great the rest will come. There are so many videos now that you can study and the folks here are terrific as you can see.
 

Moonstream27

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and for future reference, this is what you are looking for (one of my runts I just culled, 4.96# live weight, 3.52# processed). "Small Barred" died for science - and my table.

Disrobed, organs still in place (though I've carefully cut around so that all the internals will come out at once, using the inner cavity wall as a guide) - you can see some subcutaneous fat at the keel, along the edge of the thigh, etc - plus a small amount around the organs. Good yellow color from diet. No large masses of fat or hard fatty clumps -
View attachment 2833441

Yup, its a boy! (My main Breeders were starting to chase this guy around to keep him from the hens - he's still not fully mature, but definitely starting to get his hormones. Late development and small size are why he was selected for culling). Insides still need some scooping after a cold water flush.
View attachment 2833459


Heart liver and gizzard, removed. Note the small line of fat on the heart and gizzard, this is what you want to see. A heart wrapped in fat is a slowly dying, overweight bird. Now look at the liver - its not huge, its got good color, and the color is completely uniform - no pale sections, extremely dark sections, or mottling. Also firm and glossy.
View attachment 2833473


Ready to wet age in yellow curry powder, garlic, onion, salt, and a bit of yogurt.

View attachment 2833478
Hope this helps!!!
Holy cow! Very helpful, thank you! Yes, you should definitely make an article out of these pics. I’ve watched a few videos but the ones I’ve seen haven’t really showed such close-up anatomy after the cuts are made. Mine didn’t look like this so maybe I cut through too many membranes (outside of coiled intestine was visible) but helpful to see that the yellow in the abdomen is fat, was definitely wondering about that.
 

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