Should feed be withheld before butcher?...

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by NYRIR, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. NYRIR

    NYRIR Songster

    May 13, 2010
    And for how long if so? I just noticed another post in another thread saying "I only withhold feed for butchering".I didn't want to "hi-jack" the thread,so I started yet another [​IMG] I was hoping to butcher tomorrow for the first time but now I'm not sure what to do! Thanks for any help! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2011
  2. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    12 to 24 don't have to , but makes the cleaning of the birds easier....empty crop and etc. don't with hold water.
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Like deerman we always removed feed 12 to 18 hours prior to butchering.
  4. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    I do withhold feed on my candidates because:

    1. It gives their crops & hopefully their intestines to clear out before they're cleaned.
    2. I'm such a cheapskate I don't like to give them feed they won't have time to convert to meat.

    I like to get my candidates in cages to make it easier to grab them on butchering day. So I don't have to cause them stress or me unnecessary exertion chasing them around the yard. I like to do this at nightfall, to make it easier to catch them. I put them in cages where they cannot even reach the dirt or grass through the bars. They are butchered the next day, after 12-18 hours of fasting.

    I DO GIVE THEM PLENTY OF WATER TO DRINK. They must have that, right up to the time of their execution.

    If you haven't let your birds fast before butchering, you can still do them anyway. Just take extra care cutting around the crop and around the vent, take care scooping out the intestines. If some poop comes out it's okay, just rinse it away with lots & lots of water. I wish you success with your first time processing!
  5. ARose4Heaven

    ARose4Heaven Songster

    Apr 16, 2009
    Flippin, AR
    What they said.
  6. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    So what does the term "keep them off the ground" for 2 weeks mean? And feed only corn during those 2 weeks. I have been told that a person should remove birds that are to be butchered and keep in cages that are off of the ground, so that their bodies are "cleaned out". Is this true?

    And I don't want to hi jack this thread either but I can't find this info anywhere. [​IMG]
  7. tagra123

    tagra123 In the Brooder

    Apr 28, 2009
    Lima, Ohio
    Quote:Not necessary.

    We free range and don't withhold feed. We sure don't cage them 2 weeks ahead of time. I usually butcher early in the morning; most of the time before they are off the roosts so the crops aren't too full anyway.
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2011
  8. NYRIR

    NYRIR Songster

    May 13, 2010
    Quote:Not a cheapskate...."thrifty" as my mom calls herself! [​IMG]

    Sounds like the least poop would be good to me,so I will withhold feed first!
  9. NYRIR

    NYRIR Songster

    May 13, 2010
    Quote:[​IMG] Thread-Jacker!! ThreadJacker! ... [​IMG] Good question....any answers out there for me and kuntrygirl?
  10. Captain Carrot

    Captain Carrot Songster

    Jan 25, 2011
    the feeding of corn before slaughter is supposed to make the bird lay down some yellow fat, When you buy these birds in the supermarket they're labled as "corn fed" or "country raised". I don't bother with feeding extra corn, they get it anyways as part of their mixed corn treats.

    I don't cage the birds either, but I do start slaughtering early in the morning. Before dawn and using as little light as possible, I go into the shed and take them off the perch. Very quick and no stress for the birds.

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