Budget101 Discussion List Archives Homesteading How to Butcher a Bird

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  • #253480

    We bought a few chickens for a $1 ea., what a steel. They are mostly 1-2 yrs old. The purpose was to use them as meat not eggs.

    I know to boil water to 175 degrees. Place the bird in the water till large feathers pluck easily. Pluck all the feathers.

    The problem is how do we remove the insides. Are the roosters as good as chickens for eating. Also do they cook, bake, grill etc different than store bought ones, and can we prepare them the same way and same amount of time.

    Does the age matter, because we don’t want the meat to be too though. We are used to store bought ones, and what can we expect that will be different. If you have experience with this please share it with us.

    Thank
    you,
    Melissa

  • #397875

    they work better for boiling or baking and if you decide to fry them

    dont fry them in deep fryer it makes them tough fry them in a

    skillet , to help soak them in salt water for a few hours before

    cooking . roosters and hens are the same as far as being tough they

    are both good to eat

    > We bought a few chickens for a $1 ea., what a steel. They are

    mostly 1-2 yrs old. The purpose was to use them as meat not eggs.

    I know to boil water to 175 degrees. Place the bird in the water

    till large feathers pluck easily. Pluck all the feathers. The

    problem is how do we remove the insides. Are the roosters as good as

    chickens for eating. Also do they cook, bake, grill etc different

    than store bought ones, and can we prepare them the same way and

    same amount of time. Does the age matter, because we don’t want

    the meat to be too though. We are used to store bought ones, and

    what can we expect that will be different. If you have experience

    with this please share it with us.

    >

    > Thank you,

    > Melissa

  • #397876

    I know only one thing – from bitter experience. Those are stewing birds!! A friend and I did the same thing (only she had them cleaned out by the time they got to me) and we plucked and cut them up.

    Then I took mine home and fried it. The original rubber chicken! 😉 kym

  • #432901

    Herrick Kimball is a great source for all thing chicken processing. He has a great step by step tutorial on how to butcher chickens along with other helpful tips.

    I have used his tutorials quite alot!

    How to Butcher a Chicken

  • #448050

    Thank you for the reference to the tutorial. I helped my grandmother do it, but have never tried it by myself. After the tutorial, I am confident I can.

  • #448582
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    i completely agree. i love herrick kimballs blogthedeliberate.blogspot.com. he has great simple ideas that anyone can gain from.

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Budget101 Discussion List Archives Homesteading How to Butcher a Bird