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#3269434 - 06/17/13 09:35 AM Butchering Yard Birds In The Holler
Deck78
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We processed some pastured broilers this weekend and we got some fatties in this batch. Had a few weigh in around 6.5# dressed and the fat content was exceptional on these birds. Here's a quick run down of the operation with some photos.

We heat the pot the old fashioned way...over a fire in a steel barrel




Temp needs to be about 147 deg far





Killing cones make it a lot easier than stretching the neck between 2 spikes on a stump





Let's take a little walk....





Arteries are cut and bird bleeds out real quick with just a few shakes and twitches





About 4 dunks in the hot water loosen up the feathers enough to get plucking. Before we go fulltime next season we'll have a commercial plucker but for now we do it by hand





Hand plucking a bird takes a few minutes and is worth every feather you got to pull in order to leave the skin on the bird. As Poser has repeatedly preached in his posts, the skin is key to the whole operation





Tools of the trade





A look at some of the nice neck fat on this bird. This makes a chicken farmer real proud!





The finished product






Next year we'll be selling pastured birds from the farm so ya'll start saving your pennies now
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#3269441 - 06/17/13 09:53 AM Re: Butchering Yard Birds In The Holler [Re: Deck78]
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Very cool. \:D
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#3269448 - 06/17/13 10:04 AM Re: Butchering Yard Birds In The Holler [Re: RUGER]
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You'll have to build one of these.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2KreE8Wwyk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMGZMoENjcU
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#3269450 - 06/17/13 10:04 AM Re: Butchering Yard Birds In The Holler [Re: RUGER]
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Good overview with photos, thanks for sharing.
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#3269479 - 06/17/13 10:37 AM Re: Butchering Yard Birds In The Holler [Re: CR500AFX]
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 Originally Posted By: CR500AFX


Yeah, Herrick (whizbang guy) definitely has a nice model for a DIY plucker. That dude comes up with some pretty innovative ideas
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#3269629 - 06/17/13 01:42 PM Re: Butchering Yard Birds In The Holler [Re: Deck78]
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You talking ten birds, 100, 1,000?

You taking orders?

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#3269741 - 06/17/13 04:31 PM Re: Butchering Yard Birds In The Holler [Re: DaveB]
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Very cool. How many pennies do you think it'll take?

Hippy shops around here are asking $20 or more for some tiny little birds.
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#3269755 - 06/17/13 04:48 PM Re: Butchering Yard Birds In The Holler [Re: TAFKAP]
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Have you ever tried Paraffin Wax to "pluck" the birds? We (well really my day as I was a kid) used to do it that way in the 70s-early 80s when we killed bunch of ducks. It is especially good at removing the pin feathers and fine down feathers(I am not even sure if Chickens have those)
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#3269829 - 06/17/13 06:34 PM Re: Butchering Yard Birds In The Holler [Re: DaveB]
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 Originally Posted By: DaveB
You talking ten birds, 100, 1,000?

You taking orders?



This winter we'll take orders for next season. Target goal is 1,000 birds next season. Still going through some hoops with the USDA and their vague rules regarding my processing plant
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#3269831 - 06/17/13 06:37 PM Re: Butchering Yard Birds In The Holler [Re: TAFKAP]
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 Originally Posted By: TAFKAP
Very cool. How many pennies do you think it'll take?

Hippy shops around here are asking $20 or more for some tiny little birds.


Yeah, lump us into the hippy shop crowd, these are clean birds that don't get anything but certified organic corn,wheat,barley,fava and kelp minerals. Won't know what market price is next year but it will be north of $4/lb. worth every penny if you make stock with the birds. We put feet,liver, and heart in with the birds so you get a seriously thick, gelatinous stock.
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