Time between killing & processing.

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by sakabla, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. sakabla

    sakabla Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 5, 2011
    We've got a really nasty rooster that needs to go.

    We're going to kill him on the weekend, but because he is so nasty, we can only
    catch him when he has gone in to roost at night.

    What I'd like to know is, if we kill him at night, can we let him bleed out &
    hang over night & pluck & clean in the morning, or does it all need to be done together.

    Hope that all makes sense.

  2. krcote

    krcote Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 21, 2008
    Concord, NH
    Excellent question. I however, have no idea! We've always done our right away. I can't imagine he would be easy to clean once rigor set in? Could you set up a light or two at your processing station and just get the job done?
  3. ChicKat

    ChicKat Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Could you catch him the night before and put in a pet carrier to spend the night? In a small pet carrier, perhaps the next morning he would be easy to catch for processing.
  4. UrbanFarmerGreg

    UrbanFarmerGreg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 11, 2011
    What I have read about this topic here on BYC is that you should at least gut the chicken once its killed because of the digestive tract... it starts decomposing pretty much as soon as its killed... I think the contents of the bowels can spoil the meat if allowed to decompose enough... I'd say do it altogether or if possible get him at night and keep him in a cage or pet carrier overnight and do everything the next day...
  5. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
  6. Beekissed

    Beekissed Flock Master

    No reason you can't just keep him fresh by keeping him alive until morning. This is how I process all my birds. I just take them off the roost the night before, tie the feet, put them on the floor in the deep litter and just collect them in the morning. They get to spend the night with the flock, they can't hurt themselves and they are usually lying calmly when I go to collect them in the morning.
  7. sakabla

    sakabla Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 5, 2011
    Thanks for the quick replies.

    The only problem I had with doing it all in the morning is that is his most aggressive time.
    He literally flies out of the hen house, legs up & spurs aimed at me. He really is a nasty rooster.

    But the idea of binding his feet at night never occurred to me. Sounds like the plan for us!
    Thanks for the suggestion.
  8. Hennypen

    Hennypen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2009
    Taking this a step past the butchering process...

    How long do you leave yours in the refrigerator before eating? Or do you immediately put it into the freezer?

    What is the best way to cook an older cockeral/cock?
  9. bugkiller

    bugkiller Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2011
    I would catch it at night and keep it in a smaller cage for the night and kill and process at the same time.
  10. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    If you're up before daybreak that's another option. They're just as calm before the sun comes up as they are after it goes down.

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