Using the Two Nail Restrait System for Chopping...{I need help}

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Wolf-Kim, Jun 7, 2008.

  1. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Songster

    Jan 25, 2008
    Okay. I know this probably comes up quite a bit, but I did do the search and got a ton of result. I read through several fairly long threads and still couldn't find what I wanted. LOL. This is why I labeled my subject title the way I did, that way the person who uses the search method after me, can find what they want.

    Can someone give me the details of how to make the two nails/screws for restraining a bird for the chopping method?

    Do you use nails or screws?

    How far apart do you place them?

    How long of nails/screws to use?

    How deep do you put the nails/screw into the stump/board?

    How do you properly position the bird into this?

    Any pictures you happen to have would be helpful as well, for those visual learners like me.

    Last edited: Jun 8, 2008
  2. newdock

    newdock Songster

    Jul 14, 2007
    British Columbia
    I use this method. I use two 3" nails and put them approximately one inch apart in a saw horse. I pound the nails in far enough that they are secure (about 1").

    I get the bird I am going to process and hold it by it's feet and swing it gently back and forth. This seems to stun them a bit so they are easier to handle. They are also easier to handle if you do this at dusk when they are getting sleepy.

    After a few swings, I lift the bird up and set it's neck between the 2 nails, pull down on the feet to secure it, and then remove the head on the feet side of the nails.

    I then put the whole bird upside in a traffic cone or large funnel (the kind you buy at an automotive store to drain oil from cars) that I have bungie corded to the side of the saw horse. I usually put a small pile of wood shavings under the saw horse so that the small puddle of blood is easy to clean up.

    Sorry, no pictures. Hope this helps.
  3. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Songster

    Jan 25, 2008
    That's fine about the pictures, you described how the nails were placed well enough. I really appreciate it. So many people talk about use the "two nails" and I wasn't sure how to set them correctly on the chopping block.



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