UPDATED w/ link to Video - Our 1st Butchering Experience

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by awayfrmitall, Jul 28, 2008.

  1. awayfrmitall

    awayfrmitall In the Brooder

    Jul 9, 2008
    Ok so we did it. Yesterday the kids and I did three birds. I did the actual killing of the 1st one and my 13yr old son who has never done anything like this before did the other two. I am proud of him... My daughter helped gut the last one (without prompting.. she was bugging me to do it so I am proud of her too.)

    The first one we ended up skinning because for some reason the bird had sliced it's stomach open on something inside the coop. Then after dispatching it dunked it in the water to get the feathers and started to cook the breast a bit so that's what you see in the photo (I know not smart but it slicing itself open wasn't fitting w/ my "plans"). You can also tell this was our first bird by the poor hack job.

    The other two we plucked etc and I think we did an OK job. Plucking is a LOT harder than I thought. The featers at the very tip of the wing were pretty much impossible so I cheated and hacked part of the wings off.

    The first one went ok with plucking but the 2nd one I was there with tweazers for over an hour... We were going to do two more yesterday but I was exhausted after three so we have two more to do today.

    These ones are "Cornish Game Hens". They dressed out around 2lbs each. The ones in the store are 1lb each so I waited a bit longer than normal. These chickens were 6 weeks old. (They are females so according to McMurray they will take 1-2 weeks longer to get as big as the males.)

    Anyway, all in all it wasn't bad. I thought the actual killing part would be the worse but it turns out that the plucking is. Everything else was fine but the smell when you gut them is not all that pleasant either.

    Here's a picture of our finished ones:

    Ok.. Here's the link to our video during the cleaning process... It's quite funny to watch a stressed out mom and way too overly excited children... my favorite quote of the video "stop stop stop... just don't talk to me right now"...

    It really isn't for little ears because I think I said sh*t & h*ll once or twice...


    I wouldn't recommend it for anyone trying to actually learn anything since I think I did many things wrong...
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2008
  2. morelcabin

    morelcabin Songster

    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    Fantastic Job! They look delicious!
  3. KLH2010

    KLH2010 Songster

    Apr 20, 2008
    They look great! I haven't attempted to pluck one yet; it doesn't sound like a lot of fun.
  4. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    Yummy!! Good job!! [​IMG]
  5. chickens4jojo

    chickens4jojo Songster

    May 26, 2008
    Upstate South Carolina
    They look wonderful! Good job. [​IMG]
  6. Red Tie

    Red Tie Songster

    May 30, 2008
    Metamora, MI
    Good job! We are getting ready to do our five Cornish X roos this week. They are 7 weeks old on thursday and at 6 weeks weighed in at a whooping 6.5 lbs !!! I can hardly contain myself waiting to try one. I will weigh each before and after to see what the actual loss is. I am thinking it will be about a pound or pound in a half of difference? The hens are a little smaller so we will wait an extra week or two. I will need a break from plucking anyway! Be sure to let us know how they taste! [​IMG]

  7. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
    Great job. I'm glad the kids helped. It gives them a greater understanding about life. I know it did with my sons and now my granddaughter. Keep at [​IMG][/img]
  8. awayfrmitall

    awayfrmitall In the Brooder

    Jul 9, 2008
    Put the information in the 1st post so deleting this one...
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2008
  9. babalubird

    babalubird Songster

    Jul 21, 2008
    You give me hope I can learn how to butcher...maybe. But I won't video my first one or two because I'll probably up-chuck till I learn how to "murder" without a lot of emotional backlash.
  10. HaileyandJoliesMom

    HaileyandJoliesMom In the Brooder

    Jul 13, 2008
    Jacksonville, FL
    That was great!!! Thanks for sharing. I love how excited your kids were about it. I hope my girls feel the same way when they are older

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