sending out for processing

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by homecatmom, Sep 21, 2007.

  1. homecatmom

    homecatmom Songster

    I have read all the posts on processing your meat birds, however I am still hesitant. I am more of a "let me watch and help you do it once or twice" kind of gal. I called a poultry processing place here in So.Cal. and they have not returned my call for two days. One of the questions I have is when I drop live birds off for processing, will I be getting my birds back? How do you know this? I have just over 9 weeks left till Thanksgiving, and by then I could be getting eggs from my layers and freezing birds for family for Christmas (nothing says "LOVE" like a frozen I'm just wondering how you all deal with the off site processing. Thanks.[​IMG]
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I say do it yourself. lol.

    Honestly, it's not that bad at all. Save yourself a few bucks per bird.
  3. homecatmom

    homecatmom Songster

    I just may. Bubba did a couple of his meat birds and he said it wasn't too bad. plucked one and skinned the other. The innards are what I'm leery about. It may be ok if the nosey neighbor doesn't invite herself over. We had some immigrants slaughter a goat at the curb in front of their house last year and that set the whole neighborhood into a lather...I personally found it educational and interesting.
  4. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

    May 25, 2007
    SW Wisconsin
    Which part are hesitant about, dispatching the bird or dressing it? If you follow some of the tutorials that have been linked to here it just takes a little practice.
  5. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    I sell meat birds so I have to use a processor. And mercifully for the birds. They do the job better and quicker than I can.
  6. homecatmom

    homecatmom Songster

    Quote:More concerned bout dressing it. Don't want to make a mistake and get myself or someone else sick or anything.
  7. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

    May 25, 2007
    SW Wisconsin
    It's no different than safe food handling when cooking for dinner. You just have to discard of some parts first... Keep your work areas and utensils clean and get them in ice water right away.
  8. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    Cleaning the bird is not a big deal. If you've cut up a chicken
    you bought from the store it really isn't much different.

    I'm still a newbie at it but thanks to some great advice from members
    here I've gotten through it a few times now. Tommorrow morning
    I will be processing up to 4 roos and 2 hens (thinning the flock and
    filling the freezer). The worst part for me is I let them become pets.

    You can do it.
  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    If you withhold feed for 12 hour prior to butcher, the innards are easy to deal with and won't be full of yuck. There is a HUGE difference in the amount of guts of a full and hungry chicken. To make it quick, just kill, skin and gut. No stinky messy feathers and you get to the meat fast.
  10. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

    Jul 14, 2007
    EXIT 109 on 95
    Silkie chicken, I thought I read 24 hours just read this post is 12 hours enough to clean out most birds?

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