HOW TO BUTCHER A CHICKEN AT HOME

This year we had 31 chickens to butcher. They included Miller’s Western Rustic roosters and hens, specifically bred as a “broiler” variety.

Broilers put on muscle (meat) faster then a Layer variety does. Although both can be eaten and both can produce eggs, they just have their specialties.

GET HELP - HAVE A CHICKEN BEE

In addition to the plucker and last year's experience, we recruited additional help to make things more efficient this year.

CHICKEN BUTCHERING ON THE HOMESTEAD

Set up butchering location with restraining cones, heat source, plucker, rinse tub, and hoses.

RESTRAINING CONES FOR SLAUGHTERING

It is cleaner and gives a better meat quality than the “traditional” “chop off the head and let the chicken run around” method

TIPS FOR LOOSENING CHICKEN FEATHERS

We add soap to the water to cut through the natural oils found on the feathers.

INVEST IN AN ELECTRIC PLUCKER

Now with the electric plucker we can do two chickens at a time in a minute.

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