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killing chickens - advice?..... (obviously do NOT open this if this is not your bag)

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WelliesAndPyjamas Wed 16-Jul-08 13:38:52

Newbie to killing chickens. We've done only a couple before but they were old layers (and 1 that had been attacked and needed to be put out of its misery), and I wasn't too happy with how it went.

So I'm hyping myself up for a batch of 15 table birds now. Just have to buy the freezer in the next few days and then I can start.

Any really good tips? Please! grin
Or just some encouragement? grin

Callisto Wed 16-Jul-08 14:33:59

Sharp cleaver and large wooden block. (mind your fingers)

dilbertina Thu 17-Jul-08 00:24:44

You can buy "dispatchers" at some of the online poultry stuff places.

Amphibimum Thu 17-Jul-08 00:29:49

how did you do it last time? what made you unhappy?
whats a dispatcher?
are you gonna pluck and gut yourself?

sorry, i have no tips, only questions!
but i encourage you grin

TheDuchessOfNorksBride Thu 17-Jul-08 01:52:47

Take one bird at a time, far enough away to be out of earshot & view of the remaining flock and pull the necks.

I hold the feet in one hand, with the body firmly under my arm with the head hanging downwards and away from me and then use a twist and pull action. You do get a bit of nerve-twitching but it's a clean job. If you are too vigorous the head may come off <sorry>!

Then I slit the throat vertically and hang it over the butlers sink.

Are you alright with drawing? I can do all of it but usually make a complete hash of trussing them up!

Callisto Thu 17-Jul-08 08:12:09

Don't forget that your chooks had a much better life and death than any farmed chicken - even the organic free range ones - and sing hsppy songs while you're doing the dreaded deed (Kylie songs tend to work for me).

dilbertina Thu 17-Jul-08 09:49:31

here are some dispatchers... Have never used them myself....

MaloryTowersUrbaniteLady Thu 17-Jul-08 09:51:13

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

tortoiseSHELL Thu 17-Jul-08 09:53:25

I've heard bad things about the wall mounted dispatchers - in this month's PP mag they didn't like them. Will find it later and see what they say.

TheDuchessOfNorksBride Thu 17-Jul-08 14:18:16

I've looked at some of these gadgets and concluded that manhandling the bird into a funnel, pair of pliers or holding it flat on the ground with its neck under a stick would be much more stressful (for me, as well as the bird) than just doing it by hand.

Though I like the idea of a stun gun. <adjusts holster and swaggers off to chicken pen>

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MehgaLegs Thu 17-Jul-08 14:21:15

I tried to do it once but I just couldn't pull. Dh is a dab hand, grab, click, done.

Seeing HFW do his with a stunner and slitting inside mouth (I think) made me want to do it that way. Do you need a slaughtermens license for using a stunner though?

TheDuchessOfNorksBride Thu 17-Jul-08 14:35:38

mehga - I vaguely recall that HFW had a licenced chap there when they used the stunner but I can't remember the exact details.

tortoiseSHELL Thu 17-Jul-08 15:50:24

You could try the Tom Good way and shoot them (with bullets!).

WelliesAndPyjamas Thu 17-Jul-08 16:34:37

Wow, thanks for all the responses. Sorry I had to disappear.

Am PMSL at singing happy songs!! Love it!

No, no gadgets for me (am abroad plus I don't want to spend money on something I should be able to do for free, iykwim). I used an axe and a block before (with DH helping) and yes, it was efficient, although with one I let go too early and we didn't kill her and she went running down the hill to die by herself. That was horrible.

And we used the axe because I couldn't bring myself to pull... however in my mind's eye I can 'do' it iykwim... it's just the moment of truth with a warm alive chicken under my arm... what a wuss!! also pregnant hormones making me emotional about the birds now (or at least that's my excuse!!)

Am happy to hear your description Duchess. I know that's the way to do it... it helps to hear of a real live mnetter doing it too!!

FromGirders Thu 17-Jul-08 16:38:08

I had trouble pulling necks myself (not sure if hands too small or just that I've not got strong wrists) and couldn't do a clean job. Last time, dh help, one of us held body, the other head and that worked quickly with no fuss.
I stick them straight in a fertiliser bag until the twitching stops blush

WelliesAndPyjamas Thu 17-Jul-08 16:49:35

also, I have to do it alone this time wth DH away so the neck-pulling method should in theory be the easiest, right?

fertiliser bag - good idea, fromgirders

tbh the whole twiching and bleeding thing doesn't bother me as long as I have properly dispatched them

also, in answer to someone earlier in the thread, no I'm fine with drawing. Once they're dead, I'm thinking gravy blushgrin

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