Shoot the bird?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Whitehouse Quail, Nov 19, 2009.

  1. Whitehouse Quail

    Whitehouse Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2009
    Hey all,
    I have a quick question; I know pithing is the best method for plucking, with the hatchet method close behind, but I was wondering about a third option; shooting them in the head with a .22 pistol. I know this would be quick and easy for all parties involved, but how would it bleed out and pluck?


    What should I do? Shooting them appeals to me the most, because slitting the throat is a little gruesome, at least to me, and the hatchet, I would probably miss and hack off one of my own limbs. Pithing is out too, on the sheer reasoning of that I am 100% sure that I would miss, and poke my own eye out.

    Any comments?
  2. comp6512

    comp6512 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 3, 2008
    I am no guru, but what if you miss the bird's head and end up shooting your own foot? I've read quite a few posts here that shooting is a bad idea due to misses, ricocheting or other safety hazards. I for one leaning towards sheering the neck, which would be like hatcheting it, except it's done in a cone. Dont take my word as any worthy advise as I have not processed even one yet.
  3. dancingbear

    dancingbear Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2008
    South Central KY
  4. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Wonder if it could be done with a pellet gun? Would a pellet gun be strong enough to ensure a quick death..?
  5. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Or this option:

    Lay chicken down, put a broomstick over his neck right below the chin, stand your feet on the broomstick each side of his head, yank chicken's feet up in a swift motion - ideally you dislocate his neck bones from his skull (ie "wring his neck") and chicken is instantly dead.
    There's no mess and in my experience it's easier than trying to cut the neck quickly, plus it's pretty hard to hurt yourself this way!
  6. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I've shot some, but unfortunately, to get a good bleed out, you still should cut the throat after it's shot. We did a bunch of turkeys yesterday, and we shot them first so they were easier to deal with, but a simple bullet wound doesn't fully bleed them out.
  7. twentynine

    twentynine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2009
    No shooting in the head with a .22 is not a good option, no matter how you look at it. Doing multible birds the gunshot noise will excite the other birds, causing them distress. When it becomes their turn they will be harder to handle. Expense .22 shorts may not be expensive but a good sharp knife after purchase is cheap to use. Safety, wow where do I start, some one that self proclaims their inability to use a knife safely, is going to use a gun.
    Learn to kill cleanly, calm, and quietly.

    My method: I suspend the chicken upside down using loops over feet. Grab the head, with my left hand the beek sticking out between my fore finger and middle finger. The comb is back against the palm of my hand. Using a large sharp knife, I lay the flat of the blade on my thumb nuckle, with the edge against the bird's neck. Pull down on the bird's head stretching the neck out. Then slice with the entire length of the blade across the neck. The bird's head should come off in you hand. Step back, let the bird bleed out for a minute.
  8. Whitehouse Quail

    Whitehouse Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2009
    Quote:Wow, I just read my own post; I came across as an idiot! [​IMG] Oh well. It put's me in my place.
  9. willheveland

    willheveland Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2008
    southern tier,NY
    You'll shoot your eye out. Find a processer in your area if it's something you can't or don't want to do. Will
  10. Ibicella

    Ibicella Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 13, 2009
    Everett, WA
    I agree with the others, I wouldn't try to shoot a chicken because of how clumsy that would be.

    Personally I'm a big fan of pithing. If you are not doing too many chickens at once, I prefer to flip them over and hold them on their backs for a few minutes and let them "hypnotize". Pithing then with minimal risk to yourself is as easy as chicken noodle soup, and plucking is hardly any chore at all.

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