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Friday, December 17, 2010

2010 Chicken Massacre

On October 19th of this year we became the owners of fifty broiler chicks, after seven weeks of non-stop eating the cute little broiler chicks were not so cute and were well ready for butchering. For seven weeks I prayed that we would be blessed with good weather for butchering day, and we were, Saturday warmed up to a balmy thirty-eight degrees, the sun shone for most of the morning and conditions were perfect for the task at hand. Dave had a couple of friends come over to help, Johnny and Clayton arrived at ten in the morning, and the 2010 chicken massacre began.
Milk jugs make okay killing cones, they held up through most of the flock, but the last ten or so chickens we held upside down by their feet and Clayton would walk by and cut off their heads, as the milk jug killing cones pretty much were done. A few of the roosters were too big to go head first into the cones so they had to go to the chopping block.
We rented a contraption called the Whizbang Chicken Plucker - an amazing machine, it plucks the chicken clean in about 1 minute, and with forty plus chickens to pluck it saves a huge amount of time.
I really enjoyed my Saturday, we were busy for about four hours, the weather was nice, we all had a good time and all ended up with a nice lot of chicken for our freezers.

October 19, the day old chicks arrive

December 11th, into the killing cones

Headless chickens ready to head :) over to the scalder.

Into the scalder for forty five seconds at 150 degrees.

an amazing contraption!

Whirling around in the Whizbang!

Removing all the nasty bits!

Washed, bagged, and ready for the freezer!


maz said...

Excellent - you should sell the idea to the CIA - you know your number is up when you face the milk jug cone.
Good job, what a super Saturday.

Marika said...


Sign me up for one of those! :)

Pete said...

Nice one Bean! Any idea how much per pound the final meat cost or do you just like to see the heads fly and hang the expense?
By the way, I heard that Clayton is actually a Pheasant Plucker - is that true?

Bean said...

about $1.25/pound would be my best estimate. Clayton may actually be a pheasant plucker, I don't know, but he certainly knew what exactly what needed to be done, and how to do it, we glad of his assistance as we learned a much better way to gut the chickens, and he was quite happy to cut off all the heads. Clayton lives for this kind of stuff :_

LondonEye said...

Wow - how cool and gruesome! The whiz bang plucker is the most amazing part I think. I'm with Marika - I'll take a whiz bang eyebrow plucker if you have one.


A Woman that Fears the Lord said...

You left an awesome list of things you don't throw away on my blog. Thank you for all the great ideas. I'm going to review them again and I'm sure I'll adopt some of them as my own. :-)

Arthur Sido said...

Where did you rent the plucker? We have some baby broilers at home and are going to have need of one in the not too distant future.