When to stop feeding prior to butchering

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by bshpqr, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. bshpqr

    bshpqr In the Brooder

    Sep 24, 2009
    Hamlin, NY
    I am planning on Sat to butcher my colored rangers. When should I give them there last meal?
  2. kingmt

    kingmt Songster

    May 1, 2009
    Mason WV
    I would stop there food 12-24 hours before killing them. Preferably 24.
  3. fasbendera

    fasbendera Songster

    Jan 30, 2009
    I usually do the the twelve hours but someone around here does over 500 and they stop 48 hours before. He pulls the feed the two nights before he butchers. I feed mine the morning before and that is it. I keep them locked up so they can't get anyting the next morning. I have to catch the girls (laying hens) and let them out since I raise them all together.
  4. IAK

    IAK In the Brooder

    Sep 19, 2009
    I usually pull it the night before and leave water. This will get everything out of their system except the gizzard. I don't really care that the gizzard is full of corn so I don't bother pulling feed for any longer.
  5. kassy68

    kassy68 Songster

    May 10, 2009
    Vassar , Michigan
    My Coop
    My processor told me the day before.. so for you , you will take it away thursday night or friday morning.. But leave the water for them..

    Mine went in at 7 in the morning on a thursday. The food came out wednesday morning. but again.. give them all the water they want
  6. bshpqr

    bshpqr In the Brooder

    Sep 24, 2009
    Hamlin, NY
    Thanks. I will plan on pulling food of Friday morning. Same rule of thumb for turkeys or should it be a little longer?
  7. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    It really helps to have them in a small cage so you don't have to chase them around to catch them for processing. I have a collection of wire rabbit cages I put them in the night before I butcher them. I give them little water dishes there but no food, and make sure they can't even reach grass or leaves through the wire.

    It's so much easier to catch them at night. Sometimes I'll cage them 2 nights before, give them a little food first thing in the morning, then take it away by afternoon, 18-24 hours before butchering the next day.

    It makes their crops empty and most of their intestines too. Besides, I'm so cheap, why give them food that they won't have time to convert into meat?
  8. jaku

    jaku Songster

    I give them 24 hours without feed. You'll regret it if you don't... gross on both ends!

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