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fasttense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-22-11 05:50 AM
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11. It helps if you put two nails on the block
just far apart enough to get the chicken's head on one side and a nicely laid out neck on the other.

Here in east TN there is no one who will process chickens in a USDA certified slaughter house. If there was, I would be raising chickens for meat sales. So, we only raise enough for us to eat.

It's a difficult job to slaughter a chicken, especially if you pluck them and don't just skin them. I like the skin so between my husband and I we can slaughter, puck and clean 4 chickens in an hour.

A Mennonite friend of ours has one of those chicken pluckers which rally reduces their cleaning time.
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  -Trying to talk myself into raising some meat birds. Denninmi  May-17-11 11:21 AM   #0 
  - Tilapia in aquaculture. They arent as cute, even with lips.  WingDinger   May-17-11 11:23 AM   #1 
  - I've got chickens and can't do it. AQUAPONICS!!  AmBlue   May-17-11 11:50 AM   #2 
  - I've never wrung a hen's neck before but I think that first time would be  LiberalLoner   May-17-11 11:58 AM   #3 
  - wring their necks? chop off the head, more humane  creeker   May-20-11 05:49 PM   #10 
  - If I had to kill what I eat I'd be a vegan in a nanosecond.  Booster   May-17-11 12:06 PM   #4 
  - Some day when I have a farmette and chickens, I want silver-laced  kestrel91316   May-17-11 12:09 PM   #5 
  - My husband just uses a swift chop with a hatchet on the neck.  newfie11   May-18-11 09:00 AM   #6 
  - If you do that and let go  pscot   May-19-11 06:39 PM   #7 
  - lol yes it does.  newfie11   May-20-11 05:05 PM   #9 
  - It helps if you put two nails on the block  fasttense   May-22-11 05:50 AM   #11 
  - Here is a very good thread on DU about harvesting chickens:  bvar22   May-20-11 12:06 PM   #8 
  - killing is a hell of a lot easier than cleaning!  Kali   Jun-05-11 04:12 PM   #12 
  - Skinning is easier than plucking, if you don't eat or care about skin. Makes it really fast  uppityperson   Jun-14-11 02:19 PM   #14 
  - Update -- I am going ahead with this project  Denninmi   Jun-08-11 09:50 PM   #13 
  - I wish I could process them as well  Redford   Jun-22-11 07:55 AM   #15 
     - Sorry, $8 is crazy.  Denninmi   Jun-22-11 09:59 AM   #16 
        - I agree  Redford   Jun-22-11 10:23 AM   #17 
           - That is ridiculous.....  AnneD   Aug-03-11 04:25 AM   #18 

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