Ready to take out my first bird. Questions.

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by chickintexas, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. chickintexas

    chickintexas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2010
    Spring Branch
    I have a rooster that needs to be dinner pretty dang soon. He's young so I'm not too worried about tough meat. But, his presence makes the pullets more aggressive towards my younger birds.

    Number one-do I need to worm him before I slaughter him?

    Number two-I watched the "how-to" video on here and it shows that I need to cut out the glands on the tail so it doesn't spoil the meat. Is that right? I have never purchased a store bought chicken that had the tail cut out to prevent an odd taste to the meat so I was just wondering.

  2. crperdue

    crperdue Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 30, 2008
    Lake Waccamaw, NC
    I've never wormed any of my birds before slaughter.
    I just cut the whole tail off.
  3. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    If you worm then you have a waiting period for the medication to leave them bird, I don't worm butcher birds.
    The place where I have mine butchered very carefully cuts the tail off, if I were doing my own I would do the same, the thought of gland oil + meat = gross.
  4. Winsor Woods

    Winsor Woods Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2009
    Cascade Range in WA
    You're going to be throwing out the digestive tract (intestines, etc) and that's where the worms would be if there are any. Don't waste the time time and medication.

    Speaking of time, it's just easier to cut off the whole tail than to cut out the gland. If you don't know where the gland is under the skin, then you might cut into the gland trying to remove it. I've done that a few times. Just de-tail the bird and be done with it.

  5. Milliemay

    Milliemay Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2009
    Southwest Wisconsin
    Look at the sticky at the top of the meat page, it will help with any questions. We printed the pages off and had them with us when we butchered for our first time. The tail is easy, and we did cut the gland out of a few because my father loves the tail, it was easy! Worming, don't bother.

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