We DID It! Sir Annoys Alot is in my Fridge! [pics]

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by The Monkey Mama, Nov 15, 2008.

  1. The Monkey Mama

    The Monkey Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want to thank you all that gave me advice a few weeks ago on slaughtering our Blue Andalusian roo "Sir Annoys Alot". He got a few weeks reprieve because we all got really sick with cold/flu and pneumonia.

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    He has been living in rooster heaven as the only roo with about 14 mature hens and he's been staying busy and happy. [​IMG]

    But, today was THE day!

    We went out this morning, caught him, tied his legs together and then broke his neck using the "broom method" [putting him on the ground with a broom over his neck, stepping on the broom and pulling up to snap his neck].

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    It was quick and easy and appeared painless to him, MUCH better than I thought it would be.

    Then we hung him by his feet from a tree and cut his head off so he could bleed out [we hung a big black garbage bag under him to reduce the mess].

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    We brought him into the house and I skinned him and took the breasts and his thighs/legs. We did not remove all his innards or pluck him. I tried to get his wings but I had a lot of trouble trying to cut through the tough wing skin so I finally gave up.

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    He didn't have a whole lot of meat on him, being a lighter breed roo, but we got two very nice thighs and legs from him and a decent amount of breast meat.

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    It took us about 45 minutes from start to finish, including catching him. I thought that was OK for our first butchering, since neither of us really had any clue what we were doing. Next time we want to try gutting the chicken and everything from start to finish so we can learn to do it that way, but this seemed less intimidating to us for our first try [not gutting].

    My kids have requested chicken noodle soup, so he is in my fridge to brine right now and I am making crock pot chicken noodle soup on Monday.

    We were worried about our kids' reactions, especially our 5yo who is our animal fanatic, but Sir Annoys Alot was being so mean to their pet hens [he was more of a rapist than a Cassanova] that the kids were ALL ready for him to die - and asking me how soon we'd be butchering him.

    We'll see how they do with the chicken noodle soup, but I think it will probably go over well - they are all ready to eat the mean rooster.

    This probably sounds SO strange, but my husband and I both feel really good about this. It was MUCH better and easier than I expected it to be, Sir Annoys Alot had a good life [and a long one for a roo], and it has brought us finally to our Goal - producing our own meat for our family, knowing that our meat was raised kindly and treated well, fed healthy, and we can now avoid factory farms.

    I raised Sir Annoys Alot from an egg off of eBay to a chicken in my fridge - I am really proud of myself! [​IMG]

    Kelly
     
  2. mom wewantchicks!

    mom wewantchicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    congrats on your first butcher. we raised to cornishcrosses and i thought my kids would be upset about the whole thing. like your kids they were actually happy to see them go. they where much meaner and stinker than there pet hens. my four year old still tells people about daddy chopping of his chickens heads lol.
     
  3. skand

    skand Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2008
    Odessa, Tx
    YAYY! Congrats and yumm!
    Our 6 yr old yesterday decided she wanted to finally help dad with the 'job'.
    We've done a guinea, I took the girls to wal-mart so they wouldn't know what was going on til after it was done. They enjoyed the dinner.
    Then he did a rooster while I had the girls at church. He was good!
    So yesterday, as she's waiting for the bus, "dad, I want to help you with the pheasants." So, I picked her up from school so she could help, gets home, changes clothes and runs for the door, afraid he's starting without her. She came in, holding this bald bird up high in the air, "mom! I plucked him myself!"
    They can't wait for tonight's dinner!
     
  4. AussieSharon

    AussieSharon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2007
    Virginia
    Very well done on your first butchering. [​IMG]
     
  5. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    Does the broom method work on ducks too?
     
  6. keeperofthehearth

    keeperofthehearth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Congrats!! I like the idea of hanging the bird w/garbage bag underneath. Will have to tell dh. We have two more cockerals we will be processing in the next two weeks. I'm going to be braver and help more this next time around.
     
  7. smith2

    smith2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sometimes that mean rooster experience cures any sympathetic feelings you have toward butchering. My mom had a vicious rooster that attacked me everytime I left the house. Boy, was I glad to see that rooster go. He went straight to the pot. Whew! I had no sympathy for him. :thun
     
  8. junebug7334

    junebug7334 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well done!
     
  9. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    thanks for showing the pic of the broom stick(?) method....i wondered how to do iy that way...does the head really come off when you yank the chicken upwards?...is it REALLY fast?...i'm trying to explore methods here..thanks, Wendy
     
  10. smom1976

    smom1976 too many projects too little time!

    May 2, 2008
    Pensacola, FL
    wow had never heard of the broom methood..
     

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