we did it! we did it!

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by courtshep, May 3, 2009.

  1. courtshep

    courtshep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had been dreading butchering our roosters for a long time, so today we finally did it. It was not as bad as I thought it would be and I'm so proud of myself and my husband!! We didn't take pics, we had our hands full! I'm glad it's over!!!
     
  2. Highlander

    Highlander Tartan Terror

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    Well done! [​IMG]
     
  3. HenPen

    HenPen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My daughter and I are going to do our rooster as well...any advice we have never done it before and I am dreading it.
     
  4. mwdh1

    mwdh1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Congrats, I will be doing some of my cockrels in about 2 weeks
     
  5. mradam

    mradam Out Of The Brooder

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    Congrats! We have about 5 more weeks to go here. I was kinda dreading it also, but between the advice on this board and the volunteered help of some friends I am confident.

    Again, congrats on your success!
     
  6. obsessed

    obsessed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awesome. I am dying to taste a rooster.
     
  7. courtshep

    courtshep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks friends! We used a "killing cone" (I hate that term) and it was fast and easy. We mounted a bucket underneath it, and I was surprised at how little blood we got from 7 roosters. It was very fascinating looking at the "inside parts" and my 11 yr.old daughter thought it was cool. We dunked the birds in 150 degree water a couple times, and the feathers came out "like butta"!! The only mistake we made, well, a couple actually:

    1. We had a hard time separating the crop and ended up puncturing every one! Not too big a deal, just makes it a little messier.

    2. Our water got too hot at one point (maybe over 180?) and when we dunked the birds their combs and wattles turned white and the bodies stiffened up. It was harder to finish cleaning these 2.

    I wouldn't hesitate to do it again, probably next year. Should I be bothered that it didn't freak me out that much?? My friend says it just means I was supposed to live on a farm.

    Best of luck!!
     
  8. DarkWolf

    DarkWolf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't be concerned about not being freaked out. Not like you're going to turn into a serial killer and this was your first taste of killing.. :p

    Just means you've got your head and priorities straight and realize that they're livestock and that's what they were raised for. [​IMG]
     
  9. toletiquesbysam

    toletiquesbysam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good Job!! [​IMG]
     
  10. dadof4

    dadof4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]. Congrates. I broke down and did three today. I am soo tired of eating chicken from the store.
     
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