Tip for butchering????

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by antlers, Dec 18, 2008.

  1. antlers

    antlers Songster

    Jun 20, 2008
    East Cent Minnesota
    My dads hands have gotten arthritis and he can not handle a axe well anymore. This fall when we butchered a few roo's he came up with the idea of hanging the birds by poth legs from the tractor bucket (we dont have cones)and then he used a long handled pruning loper (anvil style) to do the deed. Fast, accurate and no misses. A very clean shear.

    Just something to use or not as you see fit.
  2. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Songster

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    We have hung our birds upside down also, with no cone, and just slit their throats. We held them until they were done flapping. Personally I prefer this way to the axe, but that's just me [​IMG]
  3. jackiedon

    jackiedon Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Central Arkansas
    We made a cone out of a bleach bottle and it was great during the thrashing and we cut their throats. We have done the hatch but the meat has a lot less blood in it letting it bleed out.

  4. dirtfishing1

    dirtfishing1 In the Brooder

    Oct 5, 2007
    Blue Ridge Mtns VA

    I have a treated 2x6 board with 2 large nails about an inch apart at one end. I put the neck in between the nails and pull on the feet. this makes the bird still and cannot move. I have a 22 revolver and plant one in the back of the head, holster my weapon and immediately grab the body of the bird just above the wings and hold the bird still until the convulsing stops. Then I hang the birds and cut the throat and let it bleed out for 10-20 minutes. Very little splatter happens and the meat does not get bruised. It is also an immediate death for the bird.

    Last edited: Dec 20, 2008
  5. Chef

    Chef Chicken Connoisseur

    Dec 16, 2008
    We just take some rope tie them up by there feet and hang them under a tree. Slit the throat but dont cut off the head. Let them bleed out as much as possible. Sounds sick but you kinda want them alive while there bleeding out so the heart will pump all the blood out. They will flap around but I think that gets the blood flowin faster. I also let my birds rest in the fridge at least over night and that seems to relax the muscles and makes it alot more tender. Thats after there all cleaned up. To each his own though. Hope this helps.

    Chef Mike
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2008

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