Traumatized at slaughter

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Tumbleweed Farm, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. Tumbleweed Farm

    Tumbleweed Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    DH and I processed 4 7 wk old cornish x yesterday, avg. weight 6 lbs--dressed out beautifully. I was able to keep 3 calm until slaughter but for the life of me I could not keep one of the birds calm. He was frantic to the end--will all that adrenaline ruin the meat?
     
  2. goldeneggtees

    goldeneggtees Fluffy Butt Nut

    Mar 11, 2009
    Long Island, NY
    not that I have any experience with this, my birds are for egg laying only. But just wondering if the birds saw each other? If that bird was kept separate, maybe under a cover so it was in the dark, maybe it wouldn't have been stressed? I really have no idea about the meat, sorry. I imagine most animals have some sort of adrenaline going right before they are killed.
     
  3. Two Creeks Farm

    Two Creeks Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some birds are just like that. You shouldnt see any difference in the quality of meat, however you are justified in the concern. Follow the resting procedures and it should be mighty tasty!
     
  4. Tumbleweed Farm

    Tumbleweed Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks alll-w.e don't slaughtetr in front of our dog or other chickens.
     
  5. Tracydr

    Tracydr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Next time, try holding them on their back and covering their eyes. It seems to really quiet them down. Or, if they are in a cage, cover the cage with a blanket so that it's dark.
     

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