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Monday, July 19, 2010
around the homestead-chicken butcher day
Today was the day the chickens we purchased a couple few months back were butchered. We did 18 of them in about three hours with the three of us. Myself, the manthing and our partner in homesteading crimes got busy and while the job aint never much fun, it went very smoothly with the exception of a couple that went rolling on down the hill. This was the first time we have ever left the bird whole and not cut them down which is fine with me as it makes things much easier and quicker. We always skin rather than pluck so that also cuts the time down some. All in all for a job I don't like this was a great butcher day. If all butchering days went like today did I probably wouldn't mind doing it more often.
I am including a couple links to sites that I find helpful and that I know do a good job on tutorials for those that have never butchered chickens before. In this first link is Frugal and although they use a cone to kill and also use a plucker the tutorial is very good. The second link is from Backwoods Home and is more like how we do our birds here at butchering time. A third good tutorial is from the modern homestead .