Anyone ever slaughtered and cleaned a chicken?

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    Apr 23, 2012 5:07 PM GMT
    And no, that's not a euphemism.

    I'm a city boy but the bf bought a nearby farm last year. Last year we raised some guinea fowl - only 3 out of 13 ended up smart enough to avoid the foxes and hawks, but we thought we had learned a little. So we got a little overconfident. Before we left on vacation he bought a few chicks at Tractor Supply - just got a mix of breeds to see what would happen, hoping they'd survive and we'd get some eggs out of it.

    Turns out 3 of them are Cornish Rock Crosses - meat chickens. They're twice the size of the other birds and they can barely stand up of their own accord. I read that even in the best case these birds usually die at a very young age because their systems can't handle the muscle growth they're bred for, so I fear our guys wouldn't be long for this world regardless.

    So this weekend I need to slaughter and clean them. I don't have any particular moral quandaries about it - I do eat meat - but still, some of the pictures I've seen look like horror movies and I know I'll probably squeal like a little girl. Any current or former rural gays on RJ, please pass along any tips!
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    Apr 23, 2012 5:12 PM GMT
    There is no easy way to do it. My family always just chopped their heads off with a hatchet. Problem is, they run around in circles afterwards with blood squirting out of their necks, which really traumatized me as a kid! If you've ever heard someone say they're "running around like a chicken with it's head cut off", this is very much based in reality.
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    Apr 23, 2012 5:22 PM GMT
    Thanks. Yeah, that looks/sounds really creepy and messy.

    I've seen it avoided (online) by putting the animal upside down in an upside down milk jug with the bottom and some of the top cut off (to hold it calm and steady), holding the head and severing the carotid artery with a knife.

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    Apr 23, 2012 5:22 PM GMT
    Pics! or this is just conjecture!icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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    Apr 23, 2012 5:25 PM GMT

    This is the least gruesome method I've seen. Still not something I could ever do.
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    Apr 23, 2012 5:33 PM GMT
    TropicalMark saidPics! or this is just conjecture!icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif


    Yeah, you're more likely to see pics of me choking my chicken.icon_wink.gif I'm not memoralizing this.
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    Apr 23, 2012 5:37 PM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    This is the least gruesome method I've seen. Still not something I could ever do.
    I like her! She's cool!
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    Apr 23, 2012 5:38 PM GMT
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    TropicalMark saidPics! or this is just conjecture!icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif


    Yeah, you're more likely to see pics of me choking my chicken.icon_wink.gif I'm not memoralizing this.
    Oh come on! Those are the best chicken choking pics!
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    Apr 23, 2012 5:39 PM GMT
    After you've done the deed of chopping the head off, I think you need to take out all of the inside stuff. This is also really gross!! Then boil them just slightly so you can pull the feathers out. I too was traumatized as a child to see the procedure from start to finish at a cousins farm. It was a year before I ate chicken again.
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    Apr 23, 2012 5:47 PM GMT
    Two words really stuck out from that video: "pink angel of death" and "vertebrate bias".

    "Vertebrate bias" made me giggle. What an interesting way to put it when she was talking about the difference between slaughtering an animal and uprooting a carrot.

    I like her outlook on animals and having to kill them yourself. It was touching to see her get a little upset over killing the chicken despite having done it plenty of times.
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    Apr 23, 2012 5:50 PM GMT
    TropicalMark said
    Scruffypup said
    This is the least gruesome method I've seen. Still not something I could ever do.
    I like her! She's cool!


    Me too. Thanks for the post, Scruffy.
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    Apr 23, 2012 5:51 PM GMT
    Ive cleaned a fish.. I will surely do a chicken someday
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    Apr 23, 2012 5:52 PM GMT
    GreenHopper saidIve cleaned a fish.. I will surely do a chicken someday
    You dont choke your chicken daily?icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 23, 2012 6:00 PM GMT
    I could probably muster up the cojones to kill the chicken. However, cleaning out a chicken would be a challenge. It´s a lot of work, and there´s a lot of crap inside a bird, lol.
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    Apr 23, 2012 6:03 PM GMT
    pocketnico saidI could probably muster up the cojones to kill the chicken. However, cleaning out a chicken would be a challenge. It´s a lot of work, and there´s a lot of crap inside a bird, lol.
    I love those!icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
  • SkyMiles

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    Apr 23, 2012 6:04 PM GMT
    I've never 'slaughtered' anything bigger than a Palmetto bug. Post a video!
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    Apr 23, 2012 6:14 PM GMT
    I became a vegetarian because I read about the slaughterhouses in Upton Sinclair's The Jungle. I gave it up because it caused me to gain weight. If I had ever had to gut a chicken, I'd be a vegetarian to this day.
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    Apr 23, 2012 6:14 PM GMT
    showme said


    Yeah, you're more likely to see pics of me choking my chicken.icon_wink.gif


    yes, these would be welcomed icon_razz.gificon_razz.gif
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    Apr 23, 2012 6:28 PM GMT
    It's better if you don't feed it the day you slaughter it. Just give it water till the time comes then the crop isn't full. Have some boiling hot water ready. Chop off the head or cut it off preferably in a metal cone with the head sticking through the bottom. Hang the cone and let the blood run out. Next dip the bird in the hot water it opens the skin pores and allows you to pluck the feathers clean. With the clean bird cut around the anus..... then stick your fingers in and bring guts and lungs out. Rinse in cold water or cook your choice.
    In old english culture they use to hang the bird a few days to ripen the meet. Not sure whether that is a good idea. If you put the bird in the crock pot throw an onion in with it.... this will take away any gamey taste. Because your chicken was range fed and had a good life compared to store bought, it will be a richer tasting meat..... Good luck
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    Apr 23, 2012 6:29 PM GMT
    Cleaned a catfish once before frying it
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    Apr 23, 2012 6:29 PM GMT
    robbee333 saidIt's better if you don't feed it the day you slaughter it. Just give it water till the time comes then the crop isn't full. Have some boiling hot water ready. Chop off the head or cut it off preferably in a metal cone with the head sticking through the bottom. Hang the cone and let the blood run out. Next dip the bird in the hot water it opens the skin pores and allows you to pluck the feathers clean. With the clean bird cut around the anus..... then stick your fingers in and bring guts and lungs out. Rinse in cold water or cook your choice.
    In old english culture they use to hang the bird a few days to ripen the meet. Not sure whether that is a good idea. If you put the bird in the crock pot throw an onion in with it.... this will take away any gamey taste. Because your chicken was range fed and had a good life compared to store bought, it will be a richer tasting meat..... Good luck


    Thank you so much.
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    Apr 23, 2012 6:46 PM GMT
    another good method is cutting a small hole in the end of an empty feed bag. place the chicken in the bag and pull its head through the hole in the bag. tie the bag off around the ass end of the chicken... put its neck out on the chopping block and hack its head off. the bag prevents the bird from flailing. when it is still, hang it upside down to drain the blood. dip in scalding water to help with removing the feathers then slit it open and pull out the guts ;) pretty simple.
  • A_1991

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    Apr 23, 2012 6:47 PM GMT
    lol slaughtering a chicken is soo easy. Done it a few times but it is kinda nasty to watch the chicken head and body twitch as it dies when you slit its neck and put all of its blood in a bowl. I thought the nasty part of slaughtering a live chicken was the cleaning part when you put it in hot boiling water and it is trying to jump out even though you already slit its throat. Also, I hate taking the feathers off afterward since it is a long ass process and it stinks. Overall, live chicken I feel taste more gamey than chicken you buy from the store that is factory farm raise. In addition, it is so time consuming just to do and there is less meat you would get from a natural farm raised chicken than the store bought ones that already done for you.
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    Apr 23, 2012 6:54 PM GMT
    I don’t understand a one of ya. What’s the matter with ya?

    Chicken slaughtering is one thing, but I'll never forget in agriculture class years ago seeing a live bull calf get castrated-scrotum slit and testicles pulled out and then getting it's horns removed and having blood squirt over the entire class.

    Then, taking a hot iron and 'searing' the wounds in it's head...and then seeing it walk off as if nothing happened.

  • LJay

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    Apr 23, 2012 6:57 PM GMT
    Grandfather would chop their heads off in the basement and toss them into a metal varrel with a lid until they stopped flopping. Then Grandmother would pluck and clean. I was about 4 and just watched her so I don't remember a lot of detail.

    I do remember vividly that the meals were great.